To help address gaps and challenges in state adult protective services (APS) systems, ACL received an appropriation for demonstration grants to fund states so they can enhance APS systems statewide and include innovations and improvements in practice, services, data collection, and reporting.
Below are the 24 grantees and a summary of the projects they propose to undertake.
FY 2016 Grantees
Arizona will improve its central intake process, case planning, and information collection during investigations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation cases. Arizona will also develop safety and risk assessment tools.
California will develop methods for collecting key components data elements. California will evaluate options and make recommendations for generating NAMRS case components.
Delaware Adult Protective Services, in collaboration with the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, will enhance its current data collection and tracking system.
Hawaii is designing a quality assurance case review tool to audit cases, collect input, and analyze state data that will be transmitted into the NAMRS system.
Idaho’s Commission on Aging seeks to improve the interactions and outcomes for individuals serviced by APS and align the state’s data elements with NAMRS.
Maryland will implement a comprehensive APS assessment tool and develop a web-based case management information system.
Massachusetts will update their APS training program and develop a comprehensive APS worker training core curriculum consistent with NAMRS requirements. The curriculum will focus on utilizing a decisional capacity screening tool and conducting quality assurance on outcomes documentation.
Minnesota will enhance its current data collection system to capture data on maltreatment risk. Minnesota will also develop effective evidence-based practices for remediating abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.
Missouri’s Division of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS) will expand and strengthen the delivery of services provided to vulnerable adults, utilizing new software to capture and improve investigation outcomes.
Montana Senior and Long Term Care Division SLTC, Adult Protective Services Bureau will replace its current data collection system with NAMRS in order to assist the state in achieving measurable goals and improving data collection.
Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division, Elder Protective Services will enhance their data management and tracking capabilities. Nevada will develop measures to more effectively track referrals and services.
Ohio will implement a statewide database aligned with NAMRS requirements.
Tennessee’s Department of Human Services APS will enhance its data collection system to develop a coordinated community response model among state agencies.
FY 2015 Grantees
Alabama will enhance state and local data collection and tracking consistently with NAMRS. The enhancements will allow queries to identify trends.
Colorado will focus resources on at-risk adults by enhancing the APS intake process and assessment tool. Specifically, Colorado will expand the use of its case management system.
The District of Columbia will use logic models to increase APS’s reliability, validity, and equity. DC will do relevant training and improve the database.
Illinois will use an expanded and computerized assessment for APS and will use information that this assessment gathers to improve case plan development.
Iowa intends to improve the accuracy of data collection about dependent adults consistently with NAMRS, to improve staff members’ abilities to screen for risks and to assess safety, and to have agencies better collaborate. To achieve these goals, Iowa will develop a web-based information system and an evidence-based, electronic assessment tool.
Massachusetts will use a multidisciplinary approach—that includes learning from rape crisis centers—to expand access to services for adults with developmental disabilities who are victims of sexual assault.
New York will, over a two-year project course, develop tools and templates for APS workers to better investigate, screen, and assess financial exploitation. One specific improvement will be the use of a forensic accounting consultant.
Oklahoma will, over a two-year project course, collect more data about clients’ and perpetrators’ characteristics and collect and retain more information about APS’s effects on cases. These reforms will be consistent with NAMRS and will be relevant to partners that service special populations, particularly tribal nations.
Pennsylvania will—in collaboration with the Temple University Institute on Protective Services—introduce new tools and practices that will improve the Older Adults Protective Services system’s recording, tracking, and communication.
Virginia will develop and demonstrate a NAMRS-compliant case management system that is more efficient than the current system, that provides online access to qualified, community-based providers, and that uses a standard, electronic report and a standard investigation process.
Washington will improve and expand the APS Management Information System consistently with NAMRS. Specifically, APS will develop and implement a two-part, quality-assurance-and-review process for fatalities and near fatalities.