Working With Adult Protective Services
Hamilton County Adult Protective Services (APS) is mandated by Ohio Revised Code Section 5101.62 to investigate reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly in Hamilton County. Allegations of neglect also include self-neglect by an elderly person.
- Evaluates the report
- Makes recommendations for support services as needed
- Meets with the client and involved family members to discuss the report
What Are My Rights?
You have a right to:
- Be treated with courtesy and respect.
- A caseworker who works with you and listens to your needs and concerns.
- Participate in the development of a Service Plan. A Service Plan identifies the services recommended and who will be responsible for providing those services.
- Clear, honest answers to your questions.
- Be told about other organizations that can help you and your family if APS cannot help.
- Written notification of the case resolution.
- Be served without discrimination on the basis of age, race, national origin; creed; gender; sexual orientation; lifestyle; or physical, mental or developmental disability.
- File a complaint or grievance if you have a problem or concern that cannot be resolved by your caseworker or the supervisor.
- Ask that services be terminated.
What Are My Responsibilities?
You have a responsibility to:
- Provide accurate information.
- Cooperate with your caseworker and others trying to help you.
- Tell your caseworker or your caseworker’s supervisor if you have a problem so they can serve you better.
What Kind of Services Can APS Provide to Help Me and My Family?
APS can provide short-term (normally less than 30 days) case management services. In addition, APS can make service referrals to community agencies that can provide long-term support. Examples of these services are listed below.
- Meals on Wheels
- Medical Treatment
- Money Management
- Long term homemaker services
- Chore Services
- Mental Health Counseling and treatment
- Drug or Alcohol assessment and treatment
Community Organizations and Resources
Council on Aging
- Meals on Wheels
- Elderly Services Program (ESP)
- Legal Services
Cincinnati Area Senior Services (CASS)
- Area Senior Centers
- Meals on Wheels
- Adult Day Care
United Way – 211
- Provides phone numbers, referrals and information to area services
Non Emergency Transportation (NET) – (513) 946-1000 option 6
- Transportation to medical appointments
Tri-Health Senior Link
- Team-managed program that provides comprehensive health care to those 55 years and older who meet nursing home and Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Medicaid Applications – (513) 946-1000
- To apply for Medicaid benefits
People Working Cooperatively, Inc.
- Nonprofit organization that does home modification, repairs and weatherization for low-income, elderly and disabled people who reside in their homes.
Mobile Crisis Team
- Provides in-home evaluation for suicide and psychiatric crisis situations
- Victims Services – assists victims of crime through criminal justice system (attending court, help in filing for victim’s compensation, crisis intervention counseling)
- Substance abuse treatment and support
Central Community Health Board (CCHB)
- Provides treatment and prevention of mental illness among the elderly
Better Housing League
- Professional counseling for homeowners with mortgage difficulties and for potential homebuyers
Legal Aid Society
- Provides legal representation for low-income clients
Visiting Physicians Association
- Multi-specialty group of physicians that make home visits to provide physical exams, treatment, medication monitoring
HCJFS 7001 (Rev. 2-14)