Adult Protective Services Program (APS)
What is this service?
Adult Protective Services Program provides emergency intervention to dependent adults and seniors. We investigate allegations of abuse, intervene when necessary, and provide community resources and education.
APS Services are voluntary: an elder or dependent adult may refuse or withdraw consent to services at any time to the preventative and remedial services offered by APS.
APS is not intended to interfere with the lifestyle choices of elders and dependent adults, nor is the intent to protect those individuals from all consequences of such choices.
More information about Dependent Adult and Elder Abuse.
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Who can use this service?
Anyone can make a confidential report if they are concerned or suspect that an elderly person or adult with a disability who lives in San Luis Obispo County is being abused.
Is there a charge for this service?
This service is provided free of charge.
What is the process?
Step 1: Contact Adult Services
If you are reporting a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Contact Adult Services 24 hours a day:
Monday – Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (805) 781-1790
OR After business hours: (844) 729-8011
Step 2: Complete SOC 341 Form
- Call APS and they will complete the form over the phone with you
- Or print & complete report here: SOC 341 Suspected Dependent Adult or Elder Abuse
Fax the SOC 341 to: 805-788-2834 or drop them off at your nearest Social Services Office.
Step 3: What happens next?
The 24-hour hotline is staffed by social workers who respond to calls and ask a series of questions to determine if an emergency response is required. If necessary, an Emergency Response Worker will be dispatched to make a home visit to investigate the report and determine what services, or resources, if any, are needed.
When and where is this service offered?
(805) 781-1790 or toll free (844) 729-8011.
Adult Services is available by phone 24 hours a day.
Regular business hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Calls received after 5:00 pm go to our afterhours service and a Social Worker will follow up with the caller.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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Morro Bay Social Services
600 Quintana Road Morro Bay , CA 93442
Tel: (805) 772-6405
Fax: (805) 772-6409
SLO Social Services- Higuera
3433 South Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Arroyo Grande Social Services
1086 East Grand Avenue Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
681 West Tefft Street Suite 1 Nipomo, CA 93444
Atascadero Social Services
9415 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422
Paso Robles Social Services
406 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse?
Abuse of an elder or dependent adult means: Physical Abuse, Neglect, Financial Abuse, Abandonment, Isolation, Abduction or other treatment resulting in physical harm or mental suffering.
Abuse can also be the deprivation by a care provider of services necessary to avoid physical harm or mental suffering.
Who is an Elder and Dependent Adult?
Elder: Anyone who is 65 years of age, or over
Dependent Adult: Anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 with physical or mental disability that makes it difficult to handle physical or financial tasks or activities of daily living.
How do I make a report of suspected elder/dependent adult abuse?
1. If you are reporting a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
Contact Adult Services: (805) 781-1790 or call (844) 729-8011
2. Complete: SOC 341 for Suspected Dependent Adult or Elder Abuse
3. Fax completed report to (805) 788-2834 or drop off at your nearest Social Services office.
Will information about person making the abuse report be disclosed?
Information submitted on the APS Report shall be confidential except to very few Agencies listed on page 3 of the SOC 341, under the heading "IDENTITY OF THE REPORTER".
Are community members required to take recommendations from APS?
Adult Protection Services is voluntary. The Elder/Dependent Adult has the right to refuse services.
Will a call be made to the person who submitted the report to disclose the outcome of the APS Report?
No. Confidentiality prevents a follow-up call to the reporter of the abuse.
Don’t feel discouraged, if you see another incident or know of some other abuse happening, please file another report.
What is our Adult Protective Service Goal?
APS strives to have all elders and dependent adults live their lives free from the threat or reality of abuse.
Contact Social Services
Child and Adult Hotline Information:
- If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
- To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437)
- To report suspected elder abuse or neglect call the Adult Services Hotline at (805) 781-1790 during regular business hours, or after business hours call (844) 729-8011