Muskingum County Children Services – Zanesville, Ohio

Adult Protective Services

What is Adult Protective Services?

Adult Protective Services are provided to an adult, who has been determined by evaluation, for the prevention, correction, or discontinuance of an act, or conditions resulting from physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect and/or self-neglect, as well as exploitation.

What is included in protective services?

Protective services may include, but are not limited to case work services, medical care, mental health services, legal services, fiscal l management, home health care, homemaker services, housing-related guardianship services, and placement services as well as the provision of such commodities as food, clothing and shelter.

What is the age requirement for adults to receive Adult Protective Services?

Adult is defined as any person sixty years or older who is handicapped by the infirmities of aging, has a physical or mental impairment which prevents him/her from providing for his/her own care or protection, and resides in an independent living arrangement. What does the Adult Protective Services worker do? The Adult Protective Services case manager investigates reports of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect and/or self-neglect, and exploitation. Both the adult subject and the perpetrator will be viewed as "victims" who are in need of services.

When do I contact Adult Protective Services?

In need of protective services means an adult known or suspected to be suffering from abuse, neglect, or exploitation to an extent that either life is endangered or physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness results or is likely to result.

Who are mandated reporters?

Mandated reporters are required by law to contact the Adult Protective Services unit. Mandated reporters are social, medical, and mental health care professionals, attorneys, peace officers, senior service providers, coroners, clergymen and professional counselors.

If I am not a mandated reporter, should I contact the Adult Protective Services unit?

Yes! SPEAK UP! Any concerned citizen should report suspected physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect and/or self-neglect, as well as exploitation.

Indicators of Abuse:

Sudden Changes in behavior or finances.

Physical injuries, signs of confinement.

Extreme withdrawal, depression or anxiety.

Absence of basic care or necessities.

Kept away from others, inadequate medical care.

Unsanitary living conditions.

Personal items missing, unusual interest in finances.

What are the goals of the Adult Protective Services?

How do I contact the Adult Protective Services unit?

Please contact the Adult Protective Services unit by telephone, in person, or by writing a letter.

Adult Protective Services Unit:

Patrick Donavan, Supervisor                                                                   Patsy McDonald, Team Leader                                                              Jennifer Johnston-Baker, Case Manager                                             

CONTACT:740-452-6339                                                                                 FAX: 740-452-6464

Muskingum County Children Services
205 North 7th Street • Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Phone: (740) 455-6710

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4155 Roseville Road • Zanesville, Ohio 43701
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