DHS Adult Protection Newsletter - Feb 25, 2021

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DHS Adult Protection Newsletter

Adult Protection - Aging and Adult Services

dhs.adultprotection@state.mn.us - (651) 431-2609

February 25, 2021

In this issue:

Guardianship Resources

Volunteers of America MN’s Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making (CESDM) offers multi-dimensional assessments of persons who are at risk for guardianship/conservatorship services. CESDM provides advocacy and coaching to assist families in avoiding guardianship/conservatorship where possible, and navigating the court process when necessary. Below are two guardianship resources offered by CESDM.

CESDM Guardianship Information Line

The statewide Guardianship Information Line is a no-cost resource for families, individuals, and professionals to obtain in-depth phone-based consultation from experienced, empathetic, knowledgeable social workers. Call (1-844-333-1748) or email (cesdm@voamn.org) for a free consultation.

CESDM Guardianship Information Virtual Clinic

CESDM, in partnership with Estate & Elder Law Services, have virtual drop-in clinics on the first Wednesday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Families with questions related to a person's decision-making ability, use of supported decision making, need for guardianship, availability of alternatives, or related concerns are encouraged to drop in during clinic hours to meet with our social workers or attorney for educational information and to get their questions answered in real time: no appointments, no voice mail, no phone tag, just direct access to our social work and legal team members.

To help plan the virtual clinics, please complete this form, and you will then receive a link to join the virtual clinic.

APS Data Trends

New Data Now Available! Age, race, and gender data are now available on the Vulnerable Adult Protection Dashboard. Access these new data reports by selecting the icons for Steps 1 and 2.

Data help policy makers and the public understand the nature and scope of an issue. In the case of adult protection, data provide a basis to understand if vulnerable adults are treated fairly and justly in our state. Data can impact program evaluation, benchmarks for quality and performance outcomes, budget planning and resource allocation, and inform evidenced based prevention and remediation/service response for vulnerable adults who have been maltreated.

“Without data, you're just another person with an opinion."
― W. Edwards Deming

The chart below, "MAARC Reports of Suspected Vulnerable Maltreatment January, 2021,"  shows statewide MAARC totals by LIA for January, 2021.

MAARC Report Totals by LIA, January 2021

Adult Protection Training and Events

APS Foundations

APS Foundations is intended for new adult protection workers and supervisors, or adult protection workers and supervisors seeking a foundations refresher. APS Foundations supports equity and consistency in service response and outcomes that safeguard and promote dignity for vulnerable adults, regardless of their location in Minnesota, and addresses core competency training recommendations in the ACL Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for State APS Systems.

APS Foundations training is offered online and consists of 4 sessions, 2 hours each, provided weekly over four consecutive weeks at the same time (8 hours total). Attendees will need to complete all four sessions to receive a certificate of completion. 

Upcoming Sessions

  • 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 - Tuesdays, 1-3 pm | Click Here to Register - Registration is for all four dates. After registering, WebEx links for each of the four sessions will be provided by DHS Adult Protection Unit.

  • 5/ 6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 - Thursdays, 1-3 pm | Click Here to Register - Registration is for all four dates. After registering, WebEx links for each of the four sessions will be provided by DHS Adult Protection Unit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at dhs.adultprotection@state.mn.us.

Additional Training

Find information on adult protection policy, procedure, resources, and training information for mandated reporters and APS on the DHS Adult Protection: Policies and Procedures web page. Specific training resources for APS workers are included under the "Adult protection worker resources and training" drop down. These resources support APS workers meeting education requirements under 626.557 Subd. 9e.

APRS Quick Tips

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DHS Adult Protection Resource Specialists (APRS), Kelli and Angelo, are available to help with case consultation, policy clarification, resources, and general assistance regarding adult protection in Minnesota. Connect with your APRS today at dhs.adultprotection@state.mn.us or (651) 431-2609. 

APRS Quick Tip:

It is likely that we have all encountered a situation where a maltreatment report did not meet the statutory definition of a vulnerable adult or the incident did not meet the definition of maltreatment, but the person needed services or support. APS can still help that person and possibly prevent future maltreatment.

APS can make service referrals at any time in the intake process, including calling the reporter to offer support and consultation and refer them to other services for the person who is the subject of the report. APS is a social service program, and we are able to offer consultation in difficult situations and help people navigate the social service system regardless of whether they meet the statutory definition of a vulnerable adult or quality for adult protective services. Connecting folks with the support, resources, and help they need is a great service and may prevent future maltreatment. APS has extraordinary impact on people's lives.

Our goal for the DHS Adult Protection Newsletter is to share knowledge specific to adult protection work in Minnesota, answer common questions regarding adult protection work in Minnesota, and provide awareness of DHS Adult Protection training opportunities. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at dhs.adultprotection@state.mn.us or (651) 431-2609

For more information about DHS Adult Protection, please visit us online DHS AP: Program Overview