Adult Protective Services

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 Adult Protective Services (APS) is a program that helps to ensure the safety of the county’s vulnerable residents.

The Adult Protective Services unit investigates reports of potential abuse (physical, financial, sexual, etc.) and neglect/self-neglect for seniors and adults-at-risk.

Who To Call If Abuse Is Suspected?
If you have concerns about an elder or an adult-at-risk please call the ADRC at (920) 929-3466 to report the possible abuse.

 Adult Protective Service Definitions

Adult at Risk – any adult who has a physical or mental condition that substantially impairs his or her ability to care for his/her needs and who has experienced, is currently experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation.

Elder Adult at Risk – any person, age 60 or older, who has experienced, is currently experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation. 

Examples of abuse and neglect:

Physical abuse – the willful infliction of physical pain, injury, or unreasonable confinement

Sexual abuse – coercion into sexual contact against a person’s will

 Financial exploitation – misuse of an elder or adult-at-risk’s money or property

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Emotional abuse – includes demeaning statements, harassment, isolation, threats

Neglect – occurs when a caregiver’s failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical or dental care results in danger to the health of an elder or adult-at-risk in his or her care

Self-neglect – significant danger because of the inability of the elder or adult-at-risk to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical or dental care.

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The ADRC accepts referrals for Guardianship's and Protective Placements for those individuals who have under $2,000 (single) or $5,000 (couple) in assets.

To refer someone for a guardianship, please complete the Guardianship Referral Form and have a physician complete the Examining Physician's or Psychologist's Report (GN-3130). Once these are completed contact the ADRC (920) 929-3466. Completed forms can be faxed in to (920) 929-3470.

  •  Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center Helpful Resources

  •  Guardianship (Chap. 54) and Protective Placement/Services (Chap. 55)

  • Chapter 54 of the Statutes governs the standard and procedures for guardianship of persons who are determined to be legally incompetent due to developmental disability, serious and persistent mental illness, degenerative brain disorder, or other like incapacities. A guardian may be appointed to manage an individual’s medical and personal decisions and/or financial decisions. Guardianship may be limited by the court to certain functions or may cover most of the decisions an individual must make.

    Chapter 55 of the Statues governs the protective placement / services law which focus on persons who have been declared incompetent under Ch 54 of the Statutes, and who are in need of long-term placement in a nursing care facility or other similar facility, or who are in need of services in the community. Care is to be provided in the least restrictive environment to meet the person’s needs.

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