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Adult Protective Services

Programs Offered through the Adult Protective Services Unit

Adult Protective Services Program

(Check out this article in the Southern Illinoisan)
The Adult Protective Services Program, administered through the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), is designed to respond to older persons and adults with disabilities who are victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (ANE) by building on the existing legal, medical, and social service system to assure that it is more responsive to the needs of adults with disabilites and elder abuse victims and their families.

Shawnee Alliance Protective Services Specialists, under the authority of the Adult Protecteve Services Act, respond to reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the community of persons over the age of 60, as well as adults age 18 – 59 with disabilities.  The Protective Service Specialists investigate reports, offer interventions, and provide follow-up services to help resolve the abuse or neglect.  Types of reports include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, confinement, neglect, and financial exploitation.

Shawnee Alliance Protective Service Specialists work with older adults and adults with disabilities to resolve the situation according to what the older adult or adult with disability wants.  Remedies may include linkages to services including in-home care, advocacy for and assistance in pursuing legal options, counseling services, and training/education on abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Information is maintained in strict confidentiality and reporters remain confidential.

Contact Shawnee Alliance at 1-800-642-7773 for more information or to make a report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Older Adult Crime Victims Services

Violent Crime Victims Act Program

Shawnee Alliance Victim Protective Services Workers provide elderly victims of scams and frauds in-person support and mediation services to aid in the recovery of lost assets and to assist in recovery from the negative psychological effects resulting from these crimes.