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Adult Protective Services Final Rule

On May 7, 2024, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) released a final rule to establish the first federal regulations for adult protective services (APS) programs. The new regulations will take effect on June 7, 2024, but regulated entities have until May 8, 2028 to comply. Additional information can be found at ACL.gov/APSrule.

The APS TARC will provide technical assistance to state APS programs in implementing changes to comply with these regulations. Technical assistance is available at any time. States are encouraged to work with their APS TARC Liaison or to reach out to us using the “Contact Us” form at the bottom of this page. 

In addition to working with states, the APS TARC will be providing webinars, hosting interactive peer learning calls, and publishing briefs, blog posts, and toolkits in the coming months on a variety of topics that intersect with the regulations. To stay up to date on the latest education opportunities and publications from the APS TARC, sign up for our email list at http://eepurl.com/gkJzBf

Key Provisions of the Final Rule

For more complete information, read the brief Final Rule: Establishing Adult Protective Services Regulations.


Highlights of the final rule include:


  • Establishes a Common Vocabulary for APS
    • Defines terminology such as “adult maltreatment” and its component parts, including “abuse,” “neglect,” “financial exploitation,” and “sexual abuse.” 
  • Accepting and Responding to Reports
    • Requires that states maintain at least two methods of reporting adult maltreatment and self-neglect that are accessible 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Requires APS to maintain a tiered system of response that differentiates between cases that represent immediate risk (response within 24 hours of screening) and those that do not (response within seven calendar days)
  • Conflict of Interest
    • Requires APS programs to establish monitoring and oversight procedures to identify conflicts of interest
    • Requires APS programs to have mechanisms to identify, remove, and remedy any actual or perceived conflicts of interest
    • Establishes requirements for dual relationships
  • Person-Directed Practice and Least-restrictive Alternatives
    • Requires APS workers to relay to clients their rights under state law
    • Requires programs to develop service plans in consultation with the client
    • Establishes stronger protections for APS clients subject to, or at risk of, guardianship
    • Clarifies that emergency protective action is permitted only as a measure of last resort to protect the life and safety of the client
  • Coordination with Other Entities
    • Requires APS systems to ensure coordination with other entities engaged in the detection, prevention, investigation, and remediation of adult maltreatment and self-neglect.
  • Program Performance Data
    • Requires states to submit performance data annually.
    • Requires APS systems to retain individual case data obtained from APS investigations for a minimum of five years.

Last Modified: 05/07/2024