June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month around the globe!

The specific day of recognition is June 15th. People will wear purple to show they care about ending the abuse and neglect of the older population. This is an opportunity to remind everyone that elder abuse has implications for everyone in a community. It is a call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities to learn how to identify, address, and prevent elder abuse so we can all do our part to support everyone as they age. Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons in the U.S. are abused, neglected, and exploited. In El Paso County, 1,617 reports were made to Adult Protective Services in the first four months of 2024 (January-April). Video of the Proclamation presentation is online on the County’s YouTube channel.

Commissioner Recognition

Photo: The Board of El Paso County Commissioners, Sheriff's Office, Department of Human Services, and others pose for a photo on June 11, 2024, with the Proclamation recognizing June 15th, 2024, as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in El Paso County.
Photo: The Board of El Paso County Commissioners, Sheriff's Office, Department of Human Services, and others pose for a photo on June 11, 2024, with the Proclamation recognizing June 15th, 2024, as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in El Paso County.

Protecting At-Risk Adults and Seniors

Colorado operates as a state supervised, county administered system. El Paso County Adult Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation and provides for the safety and well-being of at-risk adults who are elderly or disabled.

Professional staff assesses the need for protection and directly intervene if necessary.

Assistance Programs are available in obtaining medical care, mental health referrals or living arrangements.

If you suspect an adult is being abused, exploited or neglected, and you are a mandated reporter call law enforcement. Non-mandated reports, information and resource inquires can be made to Adult Protective Services.

A video the explains the APS process is below. A summary video explaining DHS is also online.

Mandatory Reporting

Mandatory reporters are required by law to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation (universally referred to as “mistreatment”) that is observed or that the reporter becomes aware of when that mistreatment is occurring to an at-risk elder or an at-risk adult with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). Mandatory reporters have 24 hours to report to law enforcement once they become aware or suspect mistreatment. An at-risk elder is any person 70 years of age or older.

For more on mandatory reporting, visit the Who Is a Mandatory Reporter page.

To make a report

Phone: (719) 444-5755 (Monitored between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, closed holidays)
Fax: (719) 444-5780 (Monitored between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, closed holidays)
Email: Complete Referral Form and submit to AdultReportingAPS@elpasoco.com (Monitored between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, closed holidays)

If it is an emergency, or an urgent situation, please contact law enforcement at 911.

Anyone Can Help

How does Adult Protective Services work?

Colorado State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

The Colorado State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for residents of skilled nursing homes, and licensed assisted living residences. For more information or to find the local ombudsman, visit https://www.coombudsman.org/.