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.

To make a report

Phone: (719) 444-5755
Fax: (719) 444-5780 (Monitored between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: DHS-APS@elpasoco.com

APS Referral Form

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.