Report on Adult Protective Services Program Recommends Policy Changes

The Legislative Audit Council report on the South Carolina Department of Social Services adult protective services program (APS) was recently released. APS provides for the health and welfare of vulnerable adults who are victims of actual or potential abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation. The report outlines 51 recommended changes though policy and recommends the Legislature approve 16 more through state law. The recommendations include requiring caseloads to be equal county-to-county; mandating a time frame for investigations to begin and end; accepting adult protective services reports at the regional call centers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and ensuring that adult protective services caseworkers visit vulnerable adults who are the subject of open cases at least once a month, as required by its policy.

News coverage of the report may be found at the links below:

New report recommends several ways that DSS could improve the way it serves vulnerable adults (The Post & Courier, July 28, 2017)
Report: State not adequately protecting elderly, disabled (The State, July 28, 2017)

Links to the summary and the full report may be found below:

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