If you believe that an adult you know is being mistreated, exploited, or abused, Adult Protective Services (APS) can help assess and provide support. Now housed within the Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL), APS team members work to protect vulnerable adults from physical, financial, or emotional abuse, as well as neglect and self-neglect. APS social workers help to ensure that DC residents in need of protection are connected to the services they need.
To report allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and/or exploitation, please call the APS Hotline at (202) 541-3950 available 24-hours 7-days a week.
APS is not a custodial agency. APS does not have the authority to take custody of any adult for any reason.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Adult Protective Services (APS)
Adult Protective Services work to protect vulnerable adults from physical, financial, or emotional abuse as well as neglect and self-neglect.
Contact Adult Protective Services at 202-541-3950.
Can Adult Protective Services take custody of adults?
Adult Protective Services (APS) does not take custody of adults, even if they have developmental disabilities. For custodial concerns please contact DC Department of Disability Services (DDS), DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), or the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Department of Disability Services: 202-730-1700
Department of Behavioral Health: 202-673-2200
Metropolitan Police Department: 202-727-9099
Does APS commit residents in crisis to the hospital?
Adult Protective Services does not commit residents to the hospital. For more information about crisis situations please contact DC Department of Behavioral Health.
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