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What Do You Do If You Suspect Something Is Wrong? Elder Abuse/Adults-at-Risk/Adult Protective Services Guide for IRIS Consultants

This guide provides information and resources about how to protect vulnerable populations through awareness, appropriate identification, and reporting.

Two-Sided Booklet Printing (PDF, 182 KB)
Document Printing (PDF, 961 KB)

Guardianship of Adults Handbook

This handbook provides an overview of guardianship of adults in Wisconsin who meet the standards for a finding of incompetence, alternative ways of providing decision-making support, and ways to tailor guardianships to individual needs.

Guardianship of Adults Handbook (PDF, 654 KB)
Advance Directives Forms


WI Circuit Court Forms related to Guardianship Proceedings (Exit DHS)


Don't forget to join the Elder Adults/ and Adult Protective Services Systems ListServ.


Responding to Suspected Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

The responsibilities of the county elder adults/ agencies are summarized in DMHSAS Memo Series 2008-02. Wisconsin Statutes 46.90 (Elder Abuse Reporting System) (Exit DHS), Chapter 54 (Guardianships and Conservatorships) (Exit DHS), and Chapter 55 (Protective Service System) (Exit DHS) define adult protective systems in Wisconsin. The Chapter 55 Manual (P-20460A, PDF, 1.73 MB) provides more information on the statutes governing and adult protective services systems.

One of the responsibilities outlined in Chapter 55 requires the agency to complete a report form on its response to each reported case of suspected abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, or self-neglect. The information is collected by the Department of Health Services (DHS) using a web-based application called the Wisconsin Incident Tracking System (WITS).

Elder Adults/ and Adult Protective Services Systems memos are distributed electronically via a ListServ. Subscribe to the ListServ to receive notification when a new memo is released. You can also visit the Adults-at-Risk Publications page to view all current Safety NetWorks and Numbered Memos.

If you have questions about policy or county elder adults/ agency operations, contact your regional staff (PDF, 125 KB).


Last Revised: August 19, 2014