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Learning & Resources

The APS TARC provides resources to assist state APS programs and other APS professionals to enhance the effectiveness of APS programs. The Learning and Resources section of the website provides a very broad range of information resources--mostly through links to other sites--for APS programs. The Learning section is a repository for educational and training material for APS professionals developed by ACL resource centers or by others. 

To request technical assistance, a state APS program should read the information and complete the Request for Technical Assistance Form

Adult Protective Services National Program Evaluation

The APS TARC is conducting the first-ever national evaluation of adult protective services programs. This evaluation will provide the foundation for ongoing and future technical assistance efforts. 

To learn more about this important effort, visit the following resources:

        •  Why evaluate APS?
        •  How do you evaluate APS?
        •  What does an APS Logic Model look like?

Review of Literature of Maltreatment of Adults with Disabilities​

The APS Technical Assistance Resource Center conducted a review of literature on abuse of adults with disabilities (2018). More than 120 articles were retrieved and reviewed to determine their relevancy. These articles are organized and summarized in a report entitled Review of Literature of Maltreatment of Adults with Disabilities. Each section of the report concludes with a summary of major points of interest for practitioners, researchers, administrators, and policy makers.

National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System​ Information Page

NAMRS yearly reports are derived from the most current federal fiscal year reporting period and will be made public when approved by ACL. The first year of reporting in NAMRS was FFY2016. An initial report was released during the 2017 NAPSA conference and made available on ACL’s website. The cumulative FFY2016 report is currently being reviewed by ACL. Descriptions of the first report and the annual report are provided.

On August 29, 2017 ACL released the first consistently, systematically, and nationally collected data on the abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities. NAMRS FFY2016 Data Report 1 is based on data from the first year of the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). NAMRS is a voluntary data reporting system collecting data from state and local Adult Protective Services systems.

Fifty-four of 56 states and territories contributed data to NAMRS in its first year. This high level of voluntary participation reflects the value that leaders in the field of adult maltreatment see in this data.

While NAMRS is still in its infancy, the information it will provide in the years to come will directly inform prevention and intervention practices at all levels of the adult maltreatment field. It will provide a better understanding of the characteristics of those experiencing, and perpetrating, abuse and identify system gaps for responding to maltreatment and preventing repeat maltreatment. As states and territories will continue to improve information systems, add data elements, train staff on new data collection methods, and report additional data, NAMRS data will become an extremely valuable tool.

Data collected by NAMRS includes APS staff and case-load, response and response time, intake and investigation practices, maltreatment type, victim characteristics, and perpetrator characteristics.

US Department of Justice Resource

The US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime has two resources related to APS and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. With the expansion in recent years of VOCA funding, state and local APS programs have been able to apply to receive VOCA funding to support services to victims, multi-disciplinary teams, etc. 

The following two resources provide additional information on using VOCA in APS: 

        •  The Use of VOCA Victim Assistance Program Funds for APS Intake Workers
        •  Listing of VOCA-Funded Elder Abuse Programs