Florida DCF Hosts National Adult Protective Services Conference

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2015

Florida DCF Hosts National Adult Protective Services Conference

TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Children and Families is hosting the 26th annual National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) conference this week in Orlando. DCF Secretary Mike Carroll will open the conference Wednesday morning along with Florida’s APS Director Robert Anderson, who is now NAPSA’s president-elect.

“Protecting vulnerable adults and seniors from fraud, abuse and neglect requires ever-increasing integration of services, information and training,” DCF Secretary Carroll said. “We must get to vulnerable adults quickly and make good decisions quickly. It’s a simple mission but often complicated when too often the problem is the people who should care most about them – their own family.”

In the last fiscal year, 99 percent of the nearly 50,000 adult protective services investigations were initiated within 24 hours. The majority of APS investigations involve allegations of abuse or neglect by a close family member. Self-neglect as a result of substance abuse and mental health issues is also a growing concern among Florida elders.

“I look forward to representing Florida’s efforts with our colleagues around the nation and bringing our partners together to tighten the safety net for vulnerable adults,” Anderson said of his election Monday as NAPSA’s president-elect.

The conference will include presentations from experts on best practices. Other conference partners include the Agency for Health Care Administration, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Elder Affairs, Department of Health, Medicaid Fraud Control Office of Attorney General, and the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.

For further information about the conference, visit NAPSA’s website. NAPSA’s sixth annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation will follow on Friday, October 2.

To report abuse of a senior or vulnerable adult, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873) or report online at FloridaAbuseHotline.com.

Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450