Here are some frequently asked questions about Adult Protective Services.
Does an APS worker locate housing for the homeless or individuals being evicted from their homes?
APS does not have the resources to locate independent housing for elderly or dependent adults who are being evicted or are already homeless. APS can assess the client for out of home care in a board and care home, assisted living, etc. and try to facilitate placement. APS also makes referrals to agencies which assist clients with emergency housing, referrals to shelters, to the Napa Housing Authority, and other organizations serving the homeless, including the homeless coordinator.
What legal protections are offered to clients of domestic abuse? What does domestic abuse cover?
APS will help evaluate older and dependent adults who are abused by their domestic partners. The normal, most effective route would be for the abused to call law enforcement, report such incidents to their physician, the hospital, or to the Napa Emergency Women’s Shelter. They would then be in the protective system regarding housing, legal regress, etc. APS usually receives calls from one of the organizations mentioned above to help the client with other protective issues following the initial intervention.
Included in the broad domestic abuse definition would be clients abused by other family members who are in a care-giving role. This could include a spouse, daughter, or son living in the home who commits abuse against the victim while acting in the role as their caregiver.
What kind of money management does APS offer?
APS does not accept a case because a client has difficulty managing their finances. If a client has other protective needs, and managing their income will prevent eviction or financial exploitation, APS can refer clients to resources which may be able to handle bill paying, debt counseling, etc.
What is the difference between an LPS and a Probate Conservatorship?
An LPS Conservatorship (Lanterman-Petris-Short) is designated for client’s who require a conservatorship due to mental illness or chronic alcoholism, who are gravely disabled and may need to be secured in a locked setting. It can only be initiated by a licensed psychiatrist, while the client is in an inpatient hospital. If granted, it must be renewed annually or it expires.
A Probate Conservatorship is pursued for individuals who may not be able to continue managing their affairs due to physical illness, frailness due to age or other disability. It can be initiated by anyone, but usually is petitioned with the court through a private attorney or through the Public Guardian’s Office with the assistance of County Counsel. Unlike an LPS Conservatorship, the Probate Conservatorship does not expire.
Does APS find caregivers to go into the home of a frail client?
APS can provide referrals to caregivers to go into the home of a frail client. In Home Supportive Services (a state run program administered by the county for low income individuals) is one of the resources. Referrals to care giving agencies and nursing registries can be provided to the client.
What is an emergency response case?
An emergency response report is one in which an abuse or neglect incident or condition is believed to likely result in permanent injury or death. An APS social worker will respond immediately to check on the client’s welfare (Emergency response services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week).