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Details for Service Adult Protective Services
Service Name Adult Protective Services Program Name Protection Supports - Adults
Goal Provide services and protection to individuals and families experiencing serious health and safety needs who are not, at least temporarily, able to assist themselves with the goal of helping them to return to independent, community living.
Objective Assure that adults needing assistance to care for themselves are safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation through provision of support services.
Division Division of Aging and Adult Services
Service Description
Adults who are elderly or have a disability and who are abused, neglected or exploited or suspected of being abused, neglected or exploited, can get help from Adult Protective Services (APS) from the local county department of social services (DSS). There is no income requirement.  County departments of social services receive reports of possible abuse, neglect or exploitation. When a report is received, an evaluation begins. The APS worker looks for signs of mistreatment and identifies problems that might result in abuse, neglect or exploitation. At the end of the evaluation, a case decision is made. 
If the APS worker finds a need for protective services, the local DSS must get authorization. If the adult has capacity to consent and agrees to protective services, services are provided. If the adult does not have the capacity to consent, a court order for APS is obtained.  Services include working with the individual and the family or caregiver to identify, remedy and prevent problems that may result in abuse, neglect or exploitation.  APS also sees that the elderly or disabled person gets needed services.   APS reports evidence of mistreatment to the District Attorney and regulatory agencies, and court action is initiated if necessary to protect the adult.
Web Site https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/adult-services/adult-protective-services Year First Initiated 1975
Available State Wide Yes Geographic Area Served
Grants Provided No Competitive Bidding No
Competitive Bidding Details
Waiting List No Waiting List Start Date
Number Waiting
Waiting List Details

Income Eligibility
Income Eligibility No
Income Eligibility Method
Income Eligibility Type
Whose Income Eligibility
Income Disregard No
Income Disregard Desc
Income Verified No
Income Verified Method
Income Criteria
Income Eligibility Change
Income Eligibility Method Prior To Change
Income Eligibility Other

Target Population
Age Range Start Age Range End
18 100+

Legal Authority
Authorization Level Authorization Type Citation
State Statute G.S. 108A. Article C

Budget Information
State Fiscal Year (SFY)
As of the month of
Authorized Budget Fiscal Year 2024 SFY 2023-2024 Year To Date Expenditures Balance
Salary and Fringes (1X) 0 0 0
Salary Other (1X) 0 0 0
Operating (2X-5X) 0 0 0
Contracts/Allocations (6X) 0 0 0
Reserves (7X) 0 0 0
Transfers (8X) 0 0 0
Total Requirements 0 0 0
Receipts-Federal 0 0 0
Receipts- Local receipts 0 0 0
Receipts- Other receipts 0 0 0
Total Receipts 0 0 0
General Fund Appropriations 0 0 0
State Local Other
0 0 0
State Local
0 0