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2230 Situations Involving Current Danger Factors (Immediate Interventions)

APS IH September 2014

APS remains alert for threats to the alleged victim’s life or physical safety, also known as current danger factors, at the time of case initiation and throughout the duration of APS cases. When the circumstances of an alleged victim suggest that injury or death could occur within the short term (generally within a week's time), APS acts quickly to offer emergency protective services to the alleged victim in order to remedy the current danger factors causing a threat to his or her life or physical safety.

The APS specialist completes a Safety Assessment during the initiation and initial face-to-face contact in every investigation. A Safety Re-assessment (Sections 2-5) is completed during the investigation, Maintenance, or Intensive Case Services any time the alleged victim’s situation:

  •   significantly deteriorates and danger factors are now present; or

  •   significantly improves and danger factors appear to be addressed.

If an alleged victim is willing to consent to receive services, APS obtains the alleged victim’s agreement to provide emergency protective services.

See:

2410 Safety Assessment

Appendix XVII: Assessments Policy and Procedures Overview

2231 Procedure for Situations Involving Current Danger Factors

APS IH September 2014

At the point of case initiation and throughout the case, the APS specialist uses the Safety Assessment  to gather enough information to:

  •   identify alleged victim characteristics that may affect his or her vulnerability to abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation;

  •   identify situations involving current danger factors;

  •   determine current danger factors not listed in the intake;

  •   determine if the alleged victim has adequate resources to address the current danger factors; and

  •   alleviate current danger factors by providing immediate interventions that are:

  •   timely,

  •   appropriate, and

  •   sufficient to ensure the alleged victim’s safety.

The APS specialist also:

  •   uses Purchased Client Services (PCS) funds according to policy to address situations involving current danger factors before the initial face-to-face visit, when appropriate; and

  •   consults the supervisor and regional attorney before seeking legal remedies to provide involuntary protective services.

See also:

2410 Safety Assessment

2411 Procedure for Completing the Safety Assessment

3600 Purchased Client Services

4120 General Procedures for Initiating Legal Actions

4500 Emergency Order for Protective Services (EOPS)

2232 Documentation of Situations Involving Current Danger Factors

APS IH September 2014

The APS specialist indicates immediate interventions were provided at the time of the case initiation, before the initial face-to-face contact, by checking the box at the end of Section 1 of the Safety Assessment.

The APS specialist uses Section 2 of the Safety Assessment to indicate vulnerabilities that might affect current danger factors.

The APS specialist uses Section 3 of the Safety Assessment to indicate the presence of one or more current danger factors identified during the original assessment or a re-assessment.

Case documentation includes:

  •   an explanation as to why protective services were or were not delivered immediately after initiation;

  •   a description of any protective services provided; and

  •   any contacts made in order to find or provide protective services.

See:

2333 Documentation of Investigation Contacts

2412 Documentation for the Safety Assessment

2233 Self-Neglect Resolved Before Initial Face-To-Face Contact

APS IH September 2014

APS has the option of closing certain self-neglect cases without making face-to-face contact with alleged victims if the presenting problems are resolved before the face-to-face visit. Face-to-face contact with the alleged victim is not required if:

  •   the only allegations are self-neglect; and

  •   the APS specialist gathered enough information during case initiation to determine all alleged problems have been resolved and no other problems exist.

2233.1 Procedure for Determining Self-Neglect Resolved Before Making the Initial Face-to-Face Contact

APS IH / April 2015

The APS specialist:

  •  confirms that there are no allegations of abuse, neglect by a caretaker or paid caretaker, or financial exploitation;

  •  makes a case initiation contact with the alleged victim or an appropriate collateral who has current and reliable information;

  •  verifies that the alleged problem has been resolved;

  •  contacts the alleged victim to verify the statements, if case initiation is made with a collateral;

  •  verifies with any involved entity (for example, an electric company or pharmacy) that the problem has been resolved;

  •  determines that no other problems exist beyond what was alleged;

  •  ensures Purchased Client Services (PCS) funds are not necessary or expended;

  •  completes all case documentation, including Section 1 of the Safety Assessment;

  •  enters a finding of Valid;

  •  enters a closure reason of Self-Neglect Resolved Before Face-to-Face; and

  •  submits the investigation to the supervisor for approval to close the case.

Completion of a Risk of Recidivism Assessment is not required for cases closed with a closure reason of Self-Neglect Resolved Before Face-to-Face.

See also 2810 Procedure for Completing the Risk of Recidivism Assessment.

2233.2 Documentation for Self-Neglect Resolved Before Initial Face-To-Face Contact

APS IH September 2014

The APS specialist:

  •   completes only Section 1 of the Safety Assessment;

  •   enters narrative documentation regarding the case initiation on the Safety Assessment;

  •   completes a Contact Detail page, including narrative, for any other contacts made;

  •   enters a finding of Valid on the Allegation Detail page; and

  •   enters a closure reason of Self-Neglect Resolved Before FTF.

See:

2333 Documentation of Investigation Contacts

2921 Investigation Closure Reason Codes

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