APS and COVID-19: Data Trends April 12-18, 2020

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April 21, 2020

APS and COVID-19: Data Trends April 12-18, 2020

DHS Adult Protection Unit will continue to provide APS COVID-19 communications during this period of national and state emergency. Below are data outlining statewide trends regarding reporting of suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults in Minnesota.

PLEASE NOTE: DHS has provided policy and practice guidance for APS to conduct face-to-face interviews only when there is no other method to meet a critical health and safety need of the vulnerable adult. Please review "APS Resources" links at bottom of this message.

April 12-18 MAARC reports total

2019 MAARC report total divided by 52 for weekly average.

April 12-18 MAARC reports by LIA and EPS

2019 MAARC report total divided by 52 for weekly average.

April 12-18 EPS percentage for county as Lead Investigative Agency LIA

2019 MAARC report total divided by 52 for weekly average.

words "COVID-19" on red table with white models of the virus next to words

The DHS Adult Protection Unit conducted an analysis of all MAARC reports under county LIA jurisdiction for April 12 and 13 that included an EPS notification. One of 30 EPS notifications for this time period was associated with COVID-19. Periodic analysis of EPS notifications will continue for identification of trends and potential COVID-19 impacts on vulnerable adults.

APS Resources:

Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 or HelpOlderAdultsMN.org 
Disability Hub at 1-866-333-2566 or https://disabilityhubmn.org/

The Senior LinkAge Line and Disability Hub continue to be resources for APS and to refer MAARC reporters, vulnerable adults without case managers, primary support persons and informal supports for vulnerable during the COVID-19 situation. These services help identify resources and make connections with alternative services, if someone’s provider or support network has changed or temporarily stopped providing services. Resources are also available for telephone reassurance and friendly visitors to support people who are isolated during COVID-19. Service requests that do not result in a provider referral are noted to identify areas that need support to develop increased service capacity during COVID-19.

The Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA), Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) are working closely together to share information and ensure that all parts of the state have the resources they need to support older Minnesotans and caregivers.

Administration for Community Living (ACL)  APS Technical Assistance and Resource Center (TARC) COVID-19 Education Brief

To find the most up-to-date information for providers, counties, tribes and members of the public, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 webpage.

Minnesota Covid-19 Response - Coronavirus Disease in Minnesota https://mn.gov/covid19/

For the latest information on MN public health recommendations, visit MDH COVID-19 webpage

DHS Adult Protection Resource Specialists (APRS) are available for case consultation dhs.adultprotection@state.mn.us or 651-431-2609.

Communications from DHS Adult Protection Unit regarding COVID-19 and Impacts on Adult Protective Services are collected on the DHS Adult Protection Partners and Providers web page under the "News" section. 

COVID-19 Hotline:

Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

These are extraordinary times. Continued flexibility and creativity are vital to ensure personal safety for the client, worker, and community. Kindness, patience, ethical practices, and following public health advice will get us through this time. Take care!