Adult Protective Services (APS) Policy Manual

This policy guides adult protection services work with families of vulnerable adults, including elders and adults with developmental delays.

A. Purpose

B. Procedure

1. Community Adult Protection Teams

2. State Level Adult Protection Team

3. Confidentiality and Case Review Activities

4. Fatality of a Vulnerable Adult

A. Purpose

B. Procedure

1. Reporter Information

2. Referral Information

3. Verification

4. Collateral Contacts

5. Accept or Reject Referral

6. Accepted Referrals

7. Definitions

8. Tracks

a. Investigation Track

b. Assessment Track

c. Prevention Track

9. Case Assignment

10. Rejected Referrals

11. Closed Referrals

12. Information and Referral

13. Transfer of Intake

A. Purpose

B. Procedure

1. Efforts to Locate and Notify Others

2. Assessing the Vulnerable Adult’s Capacity to Consent

a. Applying the results of the Risk Assessment

b. Deficiencies in all or most areas and no emergency exists

c. Deficiencies in all or most areas and an emergency exists or appears imminent

d. Vulnerable adult aware of, understands and accept risks, and no emergency exists

3. Emergency Services

a. Provision of Services

b. When the vulnerable adult lacks capacity

c. Caregiver rejects services

d. Timeline for initiating services

e. Authorization of services

f. Types of Services

g. DFS Caseworker’s role

h. Payment of Services

i. Monitory expenditures

j. Contracts for DFS authorizations CAP468PI

1) DFS Data system

2) Documentation

1.4 Prevention

A. Purpose

B. Procedure

1. Timelines

2. Cases involving self-neglect have highest priority

3. Changing Track to Assessment or Investigation

4. Provision of services

5. Case closure

1.5 Assessment Track

A. Purpose

B. Procedure

1. Assessment Track Process

2. Initiating the Assessment

3. Initial In-Person Interview

4. Collateral Contacts

5. Assessment involving special considerations and coordination with other agencies

6. Interference from Caregiver, Family or Individual

7. Assistance from Law Enforcement

8. Developing an Action Plan (APS 15)

9. Case Determination/Conclusion

10. Case Opened: Requesting Preventive Services: Assessment will Proceed

11. Case Closed: No Assessment needed: Vulnerable Adult Safe

12. Case Closed: Vulnerable Adult Denied Further Assessment

13. Case Closed: Unable to Locate

14. Time Limits on Open Assessment Cases

15. Changing Track Assignment

a. Assessment to Investigation

b. Investigation to Assessment

c. Notice of Track Change

1.6 Investigation Track

A.    Purpose

B.    Procedure

     1. Investigation Track Assignment

     2.  Changing Track Assignment

     3.  Investigation Process

     4. Initiating the Investigation

     5. Conducting Initial Interviews

     6. Investigation Conclusion and Findings

     7. Substantiation

     8. Unsubstantiation

     9. Case Follow-up

     10. Notification of Findings

     1.6.1 Investigation Track - Special Investigations

       A.    Purpose

                     B.    Procedure

1.7 Interventions Requiring Legal Action

A. Purpose

1. Least Restrictive Methods

2. Emergency Services and Injunctions

3. Hospitalization of Mentally Ill Persons

4. Guardianship and Conservatorship

B. Capacity to Consent

C. Objection of the Vulnerable Adult

D. Least Restrictive Methods of Assisted Decision Making (Advanced Directives)

E. Powers of Attorney

1. General Powers of Attorney

2. Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

3. Role of the DFS Caseworker

4. Determining the Agent’s Scope of Authority

5. Revocation of Power of Attorney

F. Living Will

G. CPR Directives

H. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Directive

I. Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD)

J. Representative Payees

K. Injunctions and Emergency Services Under the Adult Protective Services Act

1.8 Guardianship

A. Purpose

B. Procedure

1. Action Plan

2. DFS Caseworker may be directly involved in finding an appropriate guardian

3. Emergency Guardians

4. Temporary Guardians

5. DFS Caseworker shall contact the APS Program Analyst

6. DFS Caseworker shall attempt to locate family member, friend or other person

7. Handling Allegations against Guardians and Conservators

8. Filing a Complaint against a Guardian or Conservator

a. Procedure

b. Findings

1.9 Case Closure

A. Purpose

B. Procedure

1. Key Decisions and Core Values to Close a Case

2. Expected Outcomes for the Vulnerable Adult

3. Follow-up

4. Steps in Case Closure


APS Statutes are available by clicking on the following link: Wyoming APS Statutes

or by clicking here.