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California Adult Protective Services Framework for Determining Dependent Adult Status

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Course Description 

Determining if an individual is a dependent adult and is eligible for APS can be complex.  A person who is living with a disability is not automatically considered a dependent adult. And furthermore, having a disability does not automatically qualify a person to receive services from APS.  Dependent adult status involves a link between a disability, functional impairments, an inability to protect one’s own interests, and a need for protection.  This course includes eligibility criteria pertaining to CA legislation passed in 2022 which includes homelessness as an eligibility consideration, and a reduced upper age limit for dependent adult status to 59 years old. A toolkit containing guidelines and a Dependent Adult Definition Matrix is provided in the course to help clarify and streamline the decision making process. 


In this dynamic, interactive 60 minute online training, participants will access the Framework for Determining Dependent Adult Status and the Dependent Adult Definition Matrix to evaluate case scenarios and make decisions related to dependent adult status. This training provides more clarity about what information to gather and guidance in interpreting it. The framework and toolkit presented will reduce uncertainty about the process and help provide clarity in the decision making process surrounding determining dependent adult status and APS eligibility. (This course is not eligible for CE’s)

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