Adult Protective Services
Elder Abuse/Adult Protective Services
On July 1, 2013 Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Adult Protective Services Act. The Adult Protective Services Program is locally coordinated through 43 provider agencies The Providers handle reports of alleged abuse against persons with disabilities aged 18-59 who live in domestic (non-institutional) settings and respond to reports of alleged abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of persons 60 years of age and older living in the community.
- Eligibility: Person aged 60 years of age and older living in the community and an Adult with Disabilities aged 18 through 59 who reside in a domestic living situation and whose disability impairs his or her ability to seek or obtain protection from abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
- Physical Abuse – causing the infliction of physical pain or injury to an older person or an adult with a disability.
- Sexual abuse – touching, fondling, or any other sexual activity with an older person or adult with a disability when the older person or adult with a disability is unable to understand, unwilling to consent, threatened, or physically forced.
- Emotional abuse – verbal assaults, threats of abuse, harassment, or intimidation so as to compel the older person or the adult with a disability to engage in conduct from which she or he has a right to abstain or to refrain from conduct in which the person has a right to engage.
- Confinement – restraining or isolating an older person or person with disability for other than medical reasons.
- Passive neglect – the failure by a caregiver to provide an older person or adult with a disability with the necessities of life including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, or medical care, because of failure to understand the older person’s or the adult with disability’s needs, lack of awareness of services to help meet needs, or lack of capacity to care for that person.
- Willful deprivation – willfully denying assistance to an older person or adult with a disability who requires medication, medical care, shelter, food, therapeutic device, or other physical assistance, thereby exposing that person to the risk of harm.
- Financial exploitation – the misuse or withholding of an older person’s or adult with a disability’s resources to the disadvantage of the individual and/or the profit or advantage of another person.
To report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation, please call: