Adult Protection Services

Adult Protection Services (APS) are provided to at-risk adults age 18 and older who, due to age or disability, are unable to protect themselves and have no 1 to advocate on their behalf. The Adult Protection program responds to reports of Abuse- physical or sexual; Neglect - caregiver or self; and Financial Exploitation.

To make an adult protection referral in Park County you may call 844-264-5437 at any time. For emergencies after hours, call 911 or 719-836-4121 x 5 for Park County Communications.

The purpose of the Adult Protection Services program is to protect adults who cannot protect themselves. These adults are known as "at-risk." They are considered to be at risk of mistreatment or self-neglect because:

  • They are unable to protect themselves; and/or
  • They are unable to perform or arrange for services that will help them protect their health and safety; and/or
  • They lack sufficient understanding or lack capacity to make or communicate decisions that will keep them safe and healthy.

Protective Services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Receiving and investigating reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • Providing casework
  • Arranging and coordinating services
  • Providing information and referral to community resources, including public assistance benefits.

Warning Signs of Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

Sudden changes in behavior, finances, or life style
Physical injuries, dehydration, or malnourishment
Extreme withdrawal, depression, or anxiety
Absence of basic care or necessities
Kept away from others
Unsanitary living conditions
Personal items or money missing