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Written by: Michael Bolton on Thursday, October 13, 2011 Posted in:

The Administration on Aging (AoA) announced plans to fund the first national adult protective services resources center. The AoA plans to award the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) nearly $200,000 to establish the first ever national adult protective services resource center to help prevent and respond to elder and vulnerable adult abuse.

Currently, adult protective services (APS) agencies exist at the state and local levels and while all share the goal of insuring the safety and well-being of elders and adults with disabilities, every agency operates uniquely. A national, federally-funded adult protective services resource center will establish evidence-based best practices in the field with the intention of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of APS services. The national resource center will also compile relevant research and information and provide technical support for state and local APS agencies.

The benefits of a national resource center will likely not go unnoticed as recent reports from APS agencies indicated a need for the development of best practices for programs and interventions and for improved investigation and response methods.

The AoA sees the national resource center as a way to unite and empower the state and local APS agencies, but more importantly as a way to further protect vulnerable adults and seniors from abuse and neglect.

To read more about the AoA grant to create a national adult protective services resource center, click here.