In the over 20 years that NAPSA has existed it has worked tirelessly to advance the field of Adult Protective Services, raise awareness of elder and adult abuse, and advocate on behalf of those victims.
Some of the highlights of its accomplishments are:
- NAPSA advocated for federal APS legislation and funding for over 20 years.
- NAPSA helped form the Elder Justice Coalition and worked closely with that group to get the Elder Justice Act passed and is now working to have it funded.
- In 2010, NAPSA advocated for a report on APS by the General Accountability Office, resulting in a public hearing before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
- In 2011 NAPSA represented APS at the Kohl Senate Aging Committee hearing on Elder Justice and at numerous other national meetings, conferences, and symposia.
- NAPSA has worked to make sure that APS is represented in all the proposed legislation and national policies that would have an impact on abused and neglected seniors and adults with disabilities.
- Membership has increased from a handful of APS administrators in 1989 to over 500 APS and allied professionals in 2012.
- Established the first ever National APS Resource Center in 2011.
- Publishes an APS newsletter and listserv.
- Created a training archive.
- Hosts the only annual National Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse APS Training Conference.
- Hosts an annual National Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation.
- In 2011, created a National Elder Financial Exploitation Advisory Board.
- Began convening quarterly “research to practice” webcasts in 2010.
- Created a Code of Ethics and Best Practice Guidelines for APS.
- Participated in the National Training Partnership with San Diego State University’s Academy for Professional Excellence to develop professional training curriculum in 23 practice-specific competencies for APS workers.
- Partnered in the National Center on Elder Abuse from 1999 to 2011 to assist in the development of:
- An electronic newsfeed on elder abuse and abuse of adults with disabilities
- An APS training archive
- A national study of APS training needs and strategic plan
- An on-line training on elder abuse for health care clinicians
- Two large-scale surveys to measure APS reports received and the services provided
- Several national surveys and summary publications on elder abuse
- Provides technical assistance and referrals to APS and allied professionals, students, and victims and their families searching for information and help with vulnerable adult abuse.
- NAPSA annually confers the only awards for outstanding contributors to the field of APS and to the work of serving elder and vulnerable adult abuse victims.