Protecting Colorado’s At-Risk Adults

The Colorado Adult Protective Services (APS) Program is a state program that can intervene on behalf of at-risk adults “to correct or alleviate situations in which actual or imminent danger of abuse, caretaker neglect, or exploitation (termed ‘mistreatment’), or self-neglect exist.” Adults age 18 and over are considered “at-risk” if they are unable to care for themselves or make decisions — generally due to developmental disability, mental illness, advanced age, Alzheimer’s/dementia, or a brain injury — and are therefore vulnerable to mistreatment or neglect. APS’s annual report provides data on Colorado’s at-risk adults and what the state is doing to protect them. Additional publications available from our library include:

Further resources can be found in our library’s Quick Guide for Seniors and Caregivers and the Colorado APS website. If you see or suspect that an at-risk adult is suffering abuse or neglect, see these instructions from the Colorado Department of Human Services for how to report the situation.

Amy Zimmer

Technical Services Librarian at State Publications Library
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