Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for State APS Systems

2016 Voluntary Consensus Guidelines (PDF, 1 MB)

As the federal home for Adult Protective Services (APS), ACL is committed to supporting efforts to ensure adults are afforded similar protections and services, regardless of their state or jurisdiction. In 2017, ACL facilitated the development of the Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for State APS Systems to assist states in developing efficient, effective APS systems. Overall, the Guidelines are designed to provide APS Administrators with recommendations from the field about quality practice. There are several ways that states may choose to utilize the Guidelines: as a model of comparison to existing APS systems offered, to identify new areas of interest, or to identify areas for improvement in current state statutes or policies. The Guidelines further inform ACL on many priority APS issues that it can then focus on through other programs, including the National APS Technical Assistance Resource Center and the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System.

As a field-developed, consensus-driven document, the Guidelines do not constitute any standard or regulation, and do not create any new legal obligations, nor impose any mandates or requirements. They will not create nor confer any rights for, or on, any person.

Updating the Guidelines

ACL proposed in 2016 to revisit and update the Guidelines every two years, incorporating new research and evidence-based practices as available. In 2018, as part of that revision process, ACL contracted with New Editions Consulting, Inc. (a woman-owned small business) to manage updating the Consensus Guidelines, to include updating the literature review, engaging stakeholders to revise the guidelines as determined by the field, and produce a research agenda to build a stronger evidence-base of best practices for APS.

Information about the process and opportunities for public input will be posted to this page.

The draft revisions to the Guidelines are now available, and ACL is seeking public input on the proposed changes.

We are accepting written comments through a Request for Information, and verbal comments through stakeholder webinars. Comments on all parts of the original and revised Guidelines are welcome.

Please visit the ACL Public Input page for more information on the process of providing feedback. Feedback must be submitted by May 31st, 2019.

We invite you to participate in one of the webinars (ACL will conduct the same webinar at different dates/times to accommodate different schedules) to provide input on the following areas related to the Guidelines:

  1. Suggested updates  to the Guidelines;
  2. Additional topics to be considered for inclusion in the Guidelines;
  3. Topic areas for which research on APS practices is lacking;
  4. Frequency at which ACL should re-engage stakeholders in the consensus process to update the Guidelines, and ideas on the most efficient way for stakeholders to provide input.

Register for one of the webinars here:

The webinars will be hosted by New Editions Consulting, Inc. using Adobe Connect.


Last modified on 03/28/2019


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