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Protective services


People with developmental disabilities may need assistance when they have been abused or are at risk of abuse or neglect.

Protective services are those steps taken to prevent abuse or neglect and to keep people safe. Adult protective services are provided for all adults with developmental disabilities who receive services in the community. Individuals who are able to make their own decisions may refuse to accept offered services.

Adult protective services are defined as:
  • Arranging for the immediate protection of the adult;
  • Contacting the adult to assess his or her ability to protect his or her own interest and give informed consent;
  • Determining the ability of the adult to understand the nature of the protective service and his or her willingness to accept services;
  • Coordinating evaluations to determine or verify the adult's physical and mental status, if necessary;
  • Assisting in or arranging appropriate services and alternative living arrangements;
  • Assisting in or arranging the medical, legal or other necessary services to prevent further abuse; and
  • Providing advocacy to assure the adult's rights and entitlements are protected.