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APS Technical Assistance Resource Center

Enhancing the Effectiveness of APS Programs

What is the APS TARC?

The Administration for Community Living established the Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC) to enhance APS programs around the country.

What is the Mission of the APS TARC?

The mission of the APS TARC is to support federal, state, and local partners’ use of data and analytics, research and evaluation, and innovative practice and innovative strategies to enhance the effectiveness of APS programs.

The APS TARC serves as a focal point for ACL’s overall approach to leading the development of comprehensive APS systems. In coordination with ACL’s Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services, the APS TARC works with state and local APS programs to improve reporting of data through the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), conduct evaluation and identify promising practices, support communities of practice among ACL grantees, and provide technical assistance to state APS programs. The purpose of this website is to facilitate the efforts of the APS TARC to support APS programs.

What is APS?

Adult Protective Services (APS) is a social services program provided by state and local governments serving older adults and adults with disabilities who need assistance because of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation (adult maltreatment). In all states, APS is charged with receiving and responding to reports of adult maltreatment and working closely with clients and a wide variety of allied professionals to maximize client safety and independence. Most APS programs serve both older and younger vulnerable adults.

What if someone needs help from APS?

If you believe you or someone you know may be in need of APS services, please contact your state or local APS program. The Eldercare Locator can assist you in finding the state or local APS programs – both for older and younger adults – that serve your geographic area. You can search based on your geographic information or select “elder abuse prevention” to search for resources. Please note, the resources are not limited to “prevention” but includes information about APS programs to help you if you or someone you.