INDIANA ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES INVESTIGATORS
Why does Indiana not run Adult Protective Services as a Social Services Agency?
According to the National Adult Protective Services Association(NAPSA) is supposed to be run as 'Social Services' agencies. Indiana is the only state in the union that does not comply with national standards that the states were supposed to follow when this Federal law was passed. The following is a quote from NAPSA, “ APS is a social services program, which focuses on meeting the needs of, and protecting, vulnerable adult victims of abuse (note: one state, Indiana, is administered through county district attorneys’ offices but that is the exception). In general, APS investigators and caseworkers are social workers who have been trained to investigate all types of abuse, including financial exploitation.”
I can not speak all of the Adult Protection Services areas, but Area 6 Adult Protective Services is run by a supervisor who is appointed by our county Prosecutor. I have been working with seniors for 18 years and every Adult Protective Services Investigator that I ever met was a retired law enforcement officer. For the past seven or eight years, seniors who are exploited, abused and/or neglected in our area, have not been able to get much help from Adult Protective Services.
It is my experience some of the APS Investigators who are retired law enforcement officers were probably really good criminal investigators. However they lack the training that APS Investigators that have 'social services' backgrounds that include gerontology and mental health training and have experience working with people who have problems that are associated with diminished cognitive ability.
Indiana sadly lags behind in too many areas when it comes to protecting Indiana's older Hoosiers. Not having Adult Protective Services Investigators with the proper backgrounds costs the taxpayers millions of dollars plus the frustration and stress of the older Hoosiers and their families.
Denny Lanane, President of the Board, United Senior Action