Capitol Correspondence - 05.14.24

ACL Publishes Final Rule Establishing Federal Regulations for Adult Protective Services

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The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has announced the publication of the final rule setting forth the first federal regulations for adult protective services (APS). These regulations mark a significant milestone in enhancing the protection and well-being of adults across the nation, including those with disabilities.

The final rule establishes a comprehensive set of national standards for the operation of APS programs, which all state APS programs must adhere to. By implementing these standards, states aim to ensure consistency and effectiveness in addressing adult maltreatment and self-neglect.

Key components of the final rule include the establishment of definitions for essential terms related to APS and the requirement for APS programs to offer at least two reporting methods for adult maltreatment and self-neglect. Notably, one of these reporting methods must be available online, enhancing accessibility for individuals seeking assistance or reporting concerns.

In response to the publication of the final rule, ACL will be hosting a webinar on May 14 at 3 pm EDT to provide stakeholders with a comprehensive overview of the regulations. This webinar presents an opportunity for stakeholders to gain insights into the implications of the final rule and to engage in discussions surrounding its implementation.

Additionally, ACL has released a plainer language overview of the rule, aimed at providing accessible resources for individuals and organizations interested in learning more about the regulations.