Protecting the Elderly and Disabled Adults

The mission of the Adult Protective Services Division is to support and enable County Departments to protect elderly and disabled adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and prevent unnecessary institutionalization.

Legal Authority

The APS Act of 1976 specifically addresses abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults who are incapable of protecting themselves and who have no one willing or able to protect them. The responsibilities of the Alabama Department of Human Resources, law enforcement authorities, caregivers, individuals, and agencies in reporting and investigating these cases are outlined in the APS Act of 1976. Under this Act, DHR must receive and investigate reports of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation. DHR must also arrange services, petition in an emergency situation and report to court. This law also permits DHR to arrange the necessary services to protect this vulnerable population of adults.


  • To protect adults from various forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • To prevent unnecessary institutionalization while assisting adults to live independently within their own communities for as long as possible



Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Reports (FY 2023)


Number of Preventions


Adults Involved in Reports and Preventions


Call the Adult Abuse Hotline at 1-800-458-7214 to report suspected mistreatment.
Training for mandated reporters in Alabama.
Information on Case Management, Targeted Case Management, Component Services and more.
Instructions and forms for the Alabama Elder and Adult in Need of Protective Services Abuse Registry.
A program of care for adults 18 years or older who cannot live alone or with their natural families.
A program of care for a portion of a 24 hour day in a protective setting for adults 18 years and older.
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