On January 1, 2019, the District entered into a contractual agreement with the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) to administer the Adult Protective Services (APS) Program. As the number of elder abuse cases in Mississippi continues to rise, protective services and supports are necessary to address this growing problem. The District’s APS Program is designed to help vulnerable persons in need or potentially in need of assistance to find community based resources. This grant provides the agency with funding to employ qualified staff to investigate abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation reports in the central Mississippi area. In an effort to explore all substantiated reports, staff will coordinate with other state and local agencies, community partners, law enforcement, and private entities to ensure victims are safe and protected. If you have any questions or would like additional information concerning the Adult Protective Service Program, please contact Chelsea Crittle, PhD at 601-981-1516.