Adult Protective Services (APS)

How to Apply

Call the Aging and Disability Resource Unit (ADRU) if you have a concern about possible abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.  The ADRU can be reached at 240-777-3000.  For service using TTY, call 240-777-4815.

Documents To Bring


Eligibility Requirements

Individuals age 18 and over at risk of abuse, neglect, financial exploitation or self neglect.

Fees and Payments



1. How do I get to the appointment if I cannot drive and do not have regular transportation?

The appointment and many of the services can occur in your home.  Call for information 240-777-3000.

2. Will I be forced to do something that I am not willing to do?

People have the right to make their own choices. Adult Protective Services (APS) does, however, have concern for the health and welfare of people who are vulnerable and unable to protect themselves. Recommendations will be given to help the client to be safe.

3. Is it possible for my family to be involved in my contacts with Adult Protective Services

Yes,  Adult Protective Services welcomes families who become involved.

4. My mother is not taking care of herself, eating poorly and her hygiene is very poor.  How can I receive help from  Adult Protective Services?

Call the 240-777-3000 line to speak to an intake worker.  If the case is taken in, the worker will visit with your mother within five business days. As you are the referral source, you will be able to speak to the worker and give the worker necessary information.

5. If Adult Protective Services investigates my life or my relative’s life situation, will everyone know what happened?

Adult Protective Services is totally confidential.  Workers do not give information to others, but will often seek information from medical sources and family. The positive side  is that if a person receives an assessment from  Adult Protective Services, there will be county options and resources that are available.

6. What is involved in the Adult Protective Service assessment?

A staff person will make a risk assessment of the person’s safety and health needs.  There may be one to three visits to determine this  and staff will need to speak to the person who is being assessed.  The  Adult Protective Services staff person may ask other family members to give the staff person and the client time alone and if the family is present, will ask questions of the family members in regard to the client.  Recommendations will be made for prevention and protection of the vulnerable adult.

Additional Information

Financial Exploitation of Seniors