Capitol Correspondence - 09.19.23

Proposed Regulation Aims to Address Variances in Adult Protective Services

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The Administration for Community Living (ACL) introduced proposed rules governing Adult Protective Services (APS) Functions and Grant Programs. These rules represent a groundbreaking step toward achieving consistency in APS systems throughout the nation. 

The APS rules encompass a wide range of provisions, a national standard to elevate evidence-informed practices, bring clarity and uniformity to programs, and improve the quality of service delivery for adult maltreatment victims and potential victims. One notable proposal under consideration by ACL is the requirement for APS agencies to furnish mandatory reporters with specific information regarding the status of a report. Important to note is ACL’s proposed standards are a minimum floor. States may impose additional requirements on their APS systems above and beyond these proposed minimum Federal standards.