Elder Justice: Survey of Adult Protective Services Program Administrators (GAO-11-129SP, March 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-11-208

Read the Full Report: Elder Justice: Stronger Federal Leadership Could Enhance National Response to Elder Abuse (GAO-11-208).


This document presents the results of GAO's web-based survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to examine the responsibilities, organization, and challenges of Adult Protective Services (APS) programs. The survey respondents included program administrators in APS programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The questions in our survey were posed to obtain information on APS administration and organization, program eligibility, partners, services, data collection, staffing, public awareness efforts, technical assistance, funding, and challenges. Of the 51 programs, 50 responded, for a survey response rate of 98 percent. This supplement presents results from all closed-ended survey questions, except for a few questions with low item non-response and questions collected solely for GAO assessment of the reported data. Results from questions requiring a written response are not included in this document. We did not independently verify the information pertaining to state laws that was reported by survey respondents.

A more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology is contained in our report, "Elder Justice: Stronger Federal Leadership Could Enhance National Response to Elder Abuse," GAO-11-208. We administered the survey from June 15, 2010 to August 19, 2010, in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.

Please note: Some of the questions in this document have been reformatted from the actual fielding of the survey due to changes in GAO's survey programming language.


Page Name Questionnaire Results
Background View View
Administration and Organization of Adult Protective Services In Your State View View
Types of Alleged Elder Abuse that Qualify for Adult Protective Services View View
Population Served by Adult Protective Services View View
Involvement of Criminal Justice Authorities in Elder Abuse Cases View View
Provision of Adult Protective Services to the Elderly View View
Statewide Data Collection and Management Systems for APS View View
Information About Elderly Victims View View
Information About Alleged Perpetrators of Elder Abuse View View
Caseworkers for APS View View
Public Awareness and Outreach View View
Information and Technical Assistance View View
Data on Reports Received View View
Data on Cases Investigated View View
Data on Cases Substantiated View View
Data on Total Active Cases View View
Funding for Adult Protective Services View View
Challenges View View
Complete Questionnaire View View
Thank You View View


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