What is NAPSA?
The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with members in all fifty states. Formed in 1989, the goal of NAPSA is to provide Adult Protective Services (APS) programs a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of APS at the national, state, and local levels, to effectively and efficiently recognize, report, and respond to the needs of elders and adults with disabilities who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and to prevent such abuse whenever possible.
To fulfill its mission, NAPSA:
- Operates the National APS Resource Center to provide APS systems, agencies, and professionals with current and relevant information and support to enhance the quality, consistency, and effectiveness of APS programs across the country.
- Partners with many diverse organizations to provide a cohesive network of research, practice and policy to meet the diverse needs of the ever-changing population of vulnerable adults.
- Actively conducts national research on topics such as APS training activities, services to self-neglecting adults, and national APS data collection as well as partnering with academic researchers on elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment studies.
- Hosts an annual conference and a national summit on financial exploitation featuring nationally known and respected professionals who share their expertise on cutting-edge issues applicable to APS practice and other disciplines.
- Works to increase national awareness of elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment through education, advocacy, and congressional testimony.