After receiving the report, the Adult Protective Services (APS) intake worker will review the report with the supervisor to determine if the disabled adult is in need of a protective services evaluation. If so, the APS social worker will visit the adult. The timing of the visit will be determined based on the urgency of the situation. Some visits are immediate, but all visits are made within 72 hours of the report.
If the report is accepted for an evaluation, the investigation will include home visits by the APS social worker and consultation with others who have knowledge of the facts of the particular case. An interview with the disabled adult may be conducted with no other persons present. The Department of Social Services (DSS) works in collaboration with other agencies in the community such as the Health Department, Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Rowan Regional Medical Center, Sheriff’s Department, other law enforcement agencies, Hospice, home health agencies, and others to gather information during the investigation and to arrange for services if a need is found.
The investigation shall be completed within 30 days for allegations of abuse or neglect, and shall be completed within 45 days for allegations of exploitation. If the report does not meet the criteria to support an APS investigation, but if issues are identified that should be addressed, the report may be accepted for Preventive Outreach services.