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The mission of the Division of Senior and Adult Services is to empower seniors and adults with disabilities to age successfully by providing resources and support that preserve their independence.

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Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services On-Line Referral

The Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services is pleased to share with our community the addition of a web portal that will allow any individual to make a referral concerning the well-being or safety of an adult, directly to Adult Protective Services by clicking this link:

It is an easy tool that consists of four screens. Upon completion of the referral, it will be reviewed by the supervisor of our Centralized Intake Unit, and if appropriate, assigned to an Intake worker for assignment. People making a referral will be contacted and notified that the case was accepted. The person making the referral may be contacted if more information is necessary.

DSAS is the mandated provider of adult protective services in Cuyahoga County. The intent of the adult protective services is to protect and assist adults 60+ who may be victims of abuse, neglect, self-neglect and/or financial exploitation. APS is mandated by the Ohio Revised Code (Section 5101.60 and 5101.71). Allegations of abuse concerning vulnerable adults 18+ are investigated on a voluntary basis.

Click here for statistics on elder abuse from the Division of Senior and Adult Services. 

Click here for Red Flags of Abuse.

Services Provide by APS:

  • Investigation of adult abuse allegations by an APS social services worker
  • Same day response in cases of emergency
  • Once a case is substantiated, social services workers provide case management, including referrals to community services, such as home support, temporary shelter, meals, medical care, financial counseling and more.  

If you suspect that an elderly Cuyahoga County resident is the victim of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation, report it.

Calls to the Elder Abuse Hotline at (216) 420-6700 are accepted 7 days a week, including holidays.

What to Report

  • Your name and phone number if you are comfortable doing so. Anonymous reports are also accepted.
  • Name, address, and phone number of the person who is, or your think may be, a victim of abuse .
  • Why you think the older adult may be, or is at risk.

What will Happen

  • An APS social services worker will make a face to face home visit to investigate the allegation.
  • If there is a need for protective services, an APS worker will work with the adult victim and others (family, friends, volunteers, and professionals) to assist the adult and reduce or eliminate the danger.
  • If the adult victim is capable, he/she will be encouraged to accept the care or services offered by the Division of Senior and Adult Services, and/or referral to other community agencies. Whenever possible, Adult Protective Services staff will assist the adult to remain in his/her home or community.
  • Some adults may refuse help.  Legally, services cannot be forced on an adult, except as specified by law.
  • Legal action is taken only after all other appropriate solutions have been explored.

Click here to listen to: "Elder Abuse, It's Time We Talk About it!"