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 have cause to 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 staff may coordinate investigations with local law enforcement or work with local courts when seeking emergency legal action to protect clients.
Forensic Assessment Center Network
APS contracts with the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Houston, which manages the Forensic Assessment Center Network (FACN). FACN is a group of geriatricians, pediatricians, and other medical professionals who are experts and assist APS staff in identifying abuse and neglect. FACN provides APS staff with ongoing training in geriatric medicine and the psychological and psychiatric issues of persons with mental illness and cognitive disabilities.