Working with Partners
APS works with many partners to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, and to increase resources and services for adults who are elderly or have disabilities.
DFPS intake staff and APS caseworkers contact local law enforcement when they believe that the alleged neglect or abuse of an adult with disabilities or an elderly person might be a criminal offense. In such cases, APS may coordinate investigations with local law enforcement or work with local courts when seeking emergency legal action to protect clients.
Forensic Assessment Center Network
The network gives APS access to the knowledge of medical professionals to help assess client injuries as part of abuse and neglect investigations. The Forensic Assessment Center Network also gives APS staff ongoing training in geriatric medicine and the psychological and psychiatric issues of persons with mental illness and cognitive disabilities. DFPS contracts with the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) Houston for these services.