Capacity Screening in Adult Protective Services: Guidance and Resources


Adult protective services (APS) case workers are often the first to encounter situations where an older person or person with disabilities who is a victim of abuse, neglect or exploitation may also have impaired decision-making. Issues involving decision-making capacity are complex, cross-disciplinary and include knowledge of medical syndromes, clinical assessment, ethics, and the law. This brief addresses: understanding capacity terminology, the relationships between capacity and abuse, screening tools, and research on capacity screening.

About the Authoring Project

The APS Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Community Living (ACL), Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services (OEJAPS).