Overview of Legal Authority

The APS Act of 1976 specifically addresses abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults who are incapable of protecting themselves and who have no one willing or able to protect them. The responsibilities of the Alabama Department of Human Resources, law enforcement authorities, caregivers, individuals, and agencies in reporting and investigating these cases are outlined in the APS Act of 1976. Under this Act, DHR must receive and investigate reports of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation. DHR must also arrange services, petition in an emergency situation and report to court. This law also permits DHR to arrange the necessary services to protect this vulnerable population of adults.