DHS Adult Protection Newsletter - May 14, 2021

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DHS Adult Protection Newsletter

Adult Protection - Aging and Adult Services

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

May 14, 2021

In this issue:

2021 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the word to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older person by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

MEJC's Minnesota World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference (virtual) 

  • June 14 - 16, 2021, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon each day
  • Conference Keynote: Ai-jen Poo, best selling author and co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Conference cost: $65. Includes all three days; CEU, CLE, POST credits; and a general certificate of attendance for all attendees
  • For more information and registration, visit the MEJC MN WEAAD Conference website 

NCEA's Walk for WEAAD (virtual)

  • May 1 - June 15, 2021
  • National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) presents first virtual awareness walk, Walk for WEAAD 
  • Online activity tracking to show support for WEAAD
  • For more information and registration, visit the Walk for WEAAD website

DHS Adult Protection Unit Members Complete NAPSA Certification

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DHS Adult Protection Unit team members Mary McGurran, Melissa Vongsy, Kelli Klein, and Peter Larson have completed NAPSA’s APS Core Competencies Training and received the NAPSA Certificate, and Angelo Flowers is in process toward completion.

The Core APS Curriculum offers 23 core competencies identified by NAPSA and its professional members as basics important to (or necessary for) the practice of Adult Protective Services. The NAPSA Certificate Program includes a curriculum developed by the NAPSA Education Certificate Committees and cooperation with APS Workforce Innovations (formerly Project MASTER) at San Diego State University’s Academy for Professional Excellence.

Have you or your team received the NAPSA Certificate? Email DHS adult protection dhs.adultprotection@state.mn.us to let us know and we will share the good news in the newsletter! Let's celebrate our successes together as we work to improve adult protection in Minnesota.

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 graphic below, titled "MN APS Compared to the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS) 2019 Report: Determined Maltreatment," compares Minnesota APS data with national NAMRS data regarding percentage of reports resulting in determined maltreatment.

Determined Maltreatment comparison between MN and national data

MN-APS Data Source: DHS Data Warehouse. NAMRS Data Source: NAMRS 2019 Adult maltreatment Report

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

  • 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.
  • 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 - 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

Question: Can APS make a determination on an unknown person alleged responsible for maltreatment?

If you answered, yes, you are correct! Determinations can be made regardless of whether the person alleged responsible is known or unknown. Some types of cases, such as financial exploitation by scam, commonly have unknown person(s) alleged responsible. We may not be able to identify the person alleged responsible, but we can validate that maltreatment occurred to the vulnerable adult and offer protective services to the vulnerable adult to help prevent recurrence of the maltreatment.

Adult Protection is a social service program intended to maximize client safety and independence, safeguard vulnerable adults and prevent further harm from maltreatment, and provide dignity and justice for the vulnerable adult.

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