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Adult Protection

Colorado operates as a state supervised, county administered system. County Adult Protective Services (APS) programs provide for the safety and protection of at-risk adults who are, or are suspected to be, victims of mistreatment. The County APS programs:

  • Receive reports of mistreatment, which includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, caretaker neglect, exploitation and self-neglect;
  • Investigate allegations and conduct and assessment of the client's strengths and needs; and
  • Arrange for needed services to reduce risk and improve safety.

At-risk adults are defined as persons age 18 or older who are susceptible to mistreatment or self-neglect because the adult is unable to perform or obtain services necessary for his or her health, safety, or welfare or because they lack sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning their person or affairs.

Caretake neglect means neglect that occurs when adequate food, clothing, shelter, psychological care, physical care, medical care, or supervision is not secured for an at-risk adult or is not provided by a caretaker in a timely manner and with the degree of care that a reasonable person in the same situation would exercise.

During Normal Business Hours:
(719) 275-2318
Ask for Adult Protection

To Report An Emergency After Hours, Holidays and Weekends:
1 (844) 264-5437
Ask for the On-call Adult Protection Social Worker