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Adult Protective Services

The mission of the Adult Protective Services (APS) program is to protect vulnerable persons whose safety and protection may be adversely affected by abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation; raise public awareness; and educate mandated reports of their reporting responsibilities.

History

The 1986 Mississippi Legislature enacted the "Mississippi Vulnerable Adults Act of 1986." The Act designates the Mississippi Department of Human Services as the state agency to conduct investigations and/or evaluations pending the receipt of a report that a vulnerable adult, residing in a private home setting, is in need of protective services. Originally, the responsibility had been organizationally assigned by the MDHS, Division of Family and Children's Services. In 2006, the Mississippi Legislature passed legislation for the Division of Aging and Adult Services to employ staff for the Adult Protective Services program.

Effective July 1, 2010, the Mississippi Vulnerable Adults Act title changed to the Mississippi Vulnerable Persons Act.

Call Mississippi Centralized Intake at 800-222-8000 to report abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult or click https://fw2.harmonyis.net/MSLiveIntake/ to make a non-emergency report. Call local law enforcement agency or 911 if the situation is a life threatening emergency.

Call Mississippi Centralized Intake at 800-222-8000 to report abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult, or click https://fw2.harmonyis.net/MSLiveIntake/ to make a non-emergency report. Call local law enforcement agency or 911 if the situation is a life threatening emergency.

Mississippi Department of Human Services
Division of Aging & Adult Services
601-359-4929 | 800-948-3090

Child Support, SNAP/TANF and Aging Services Call Center
Phone: 877-882-4916

Email: aging@mdhs.ms.gov
750 North State Street | Jackson, MS 39202

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