DHS Adult Protection Newsletter - Mar 15, 2021

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DHS Adult Protection Newsletter

Adult Protection - Aging and Adult Services

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

March 15, 2021

In this issue:

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:

APS plays an important part in assisting vulnerable adults in accessing the vaccine. If you are working with a client who has not been vaccinated, talk with them about vaccination. MDH’s Vaccine: COVID-19 webpage provides valuable information such as, who can get vaccinated, getting vaccinated, and vaccine safety that can assist you in answering questions or concerns the vulnerable adult may have regarding the vaccine. If the vulnerable adult has difficulty accessing technology, assist them with accessing MN’s Covid-19 Vaccine Connector to get signed up for a vaccination. If transportation is a barrier, assist the vulnerable adult in arranging transportation to vaccination sites. County APS can utilize funds allocated under chapter 256M.42 to assist vulnerable adults in accessing the vaccine.

Additional Federal Funding for APS

On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The bill includes an additional $6 million in APS COVID-19 emergency funding for states in federal fiscal year 2021 and $100 million in grants to states for APS programs in federal fiscal year 2022.

Minnesota is expected to receive one-time supplemental funding of about $1.5 million from the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) from the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Aps expenses associated with COVID-19. The funds will be distributed to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) as the agency legally responsible for providing adult protective services in Minnesota. State spending for this grant is dependent on approval from the ACL and from the Legislature through the Legislative Advisory Commission. DHS submitted a proposed spending plan that meets grant requirements to ACL on March 3, 2021 and is waiting on response from ACL to the proposal. The proposed spending plan is related to COVID-19 and allocates about one-third of the money to direct allocations for Tribal Nations, about one-third to competitive subgrants for counties or service org/county partnerships, and the remaining to statewide implicit bias and anti-discrimination training for APS workers, a campaign to increase public awareness among communities that have been historically underserved and underrepresented in APS, and grant administration and technical assistance.


Disability and Aging PolicyQuest is an online, searchable, question-and-answer library. To access, click the link, select "Aging Programs," and then select "Adult Protection" to search for PolicyQuest questions and answers. 

PolicyQuest contain questions and answers. While the questions may be specific in nature, the answers often provide more broad interpretation. For example, the question submitted to PolicyQuest below is specifically about cosmetology, and the answer applies to licensing boards generally.

Q: Is cosmetology one of the licensing boards that needs to be notified of a substantiated finding?

A: MN Statute 626.557 Subd. 9c (i) directs lead investigative agencies to provide investigation memoranda for substantiated reports to the appropriate licensing boards. The Minnesota Adult Protection Policy and Procedure Manual, Program Administration - Confidentiality and Data Requirements, directs counties to receive advice on data management requirements under the agency’s policy and procedure and through the agency’s Data Privacy Official (DPO). Interpretation of statute should be sought from the agency’s legal counsel.

PolicyQuest is a useful tool for you to identify policy questions that have already been asked and answered. If your question has not yet been answered in policy or via PolicyQuest, your county PolicyQuest administrator can help submit a question for review. 

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 Data: CY 2019 Statewide Report by Gender," breaks down total MAARC reports from calendar year 2019 by gender.

2019 Statewide MAARC data by Gender

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

  • 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.
  • 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29 - 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.

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