Adult Protective Services responds to reports of the mistreatment or neglect of at-risk adults who are, due to age or disability, unable to advocate for themselves. Services include risk assessment, crisis resolution, referral to and coordination with service providers, financial management, guardianships and conservatorships, placement and care coordination.
Each year millions of elderly Americans are abused, neglected, and exploited. Colorado wants to ensure that law enforcement is made aware of these crimes against persons age 70 and older. On July 1, 2014, mandatory reporting of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation became law (Section 18-6.5-108, C.R.S.). This law requires many professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation to law enforcement when they observe or become aware of the mistreatment.