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Adult Protective Services

To report the need for protective services, call the 24-hour, statewide Protective Services Hotline at: 1-800-490-8505.

Act 70 of 2010 is the Pennsylvania law that provides protective services for adults with disabilities ages 18-59.

The law provides:

  • the protection of abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned adults
  • establishes a uniform Statewide reporting and investigative system for suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of adults
  • prescribes penalties for failure to follow the law

For more information on Adult Protective Services visit DHS' webpage: www.dhs.state.pa.us/reportabuse/dhsadultprotectiveservices/

Training - Introduction to the Law

For an introduction to the law and where Pennsylvania is in implementation, view this training presented by Winter Roberts, the Adult Protective Services Manager, Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Human Services Licensing. She presented this in February 2014 for the Partnership.


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APS Presentation (Format: PDF)
APS Presentation (Format: Accessible Word document)

Informational Packet 053-12: Right to be Free from Abuse Notification Handout - Updated (Format: PDF)

Other helpful information:

Act 70 of 2010

DPW Transition Phase for APS (Format: PDF)

The Department of Public Welfare will have a hotline for reporting abuse. Until that hotline is available, contacting your local county MH/ID Office or ODP customer service 1-888-565-9435.

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