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Providing Better Protection for Adult Abuse and Neglect

Oregon is now only one of three states in the country that provides an intensive week-long training program for its adult protective services (APS) workers.

For our state’s most vulnerable people, this means enhanced safety, and protection as well as better responses and investigations of incidents of adult abuse and neglect.

Strengthening protections for vulnerable adults in both licensed care settings and in the community is a top priority of DHS.

“I am really proud that Oregon is investing in this important training for its APS workers,” said Marie Cervantes, Director of DHS’ Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI). “Only two other states, California and Texas, provide this level of training. It underscores our commitment to the protection of our most vulnerable citizens.”

APS workers investigate reports of physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and financial abuse, as well as caregiver neglect, self-neglect, involuntary seclusion and wrongful restraint. Reported victims may live in licensed facilities or in their own homes. Last year, DHS received over 28,000 reports of potential abuse.

The first Core Competencies Institute for Adult Protective Services was launched last month. This year, 150 students (all Oregon protective services staff) will go through the Institute.

The training covers all facets of adult abuse topics to strengthen the level of understanding and practice in Oregon communities. It is based upon national recommendations for all APS workers. Students in the institute’s first class, which took place in Salem recently, included individuals from all over the state, including from Klamath, Umatilla, Multnomah, Coos and Jackson counties.

Nine additional APS trainings will be offered throughout the state in 2013.
For more information about preventing abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/abuse/pages/index.aspx.