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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 published April 2012. This guide provides information and resources about how to protect vulnerable populations through awareness, appropriate identification, and reporting.

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Guardianship of Adults Handbook published June 2011. 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.

Power of Attorney for Finances and Property

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Responding to Suspected Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 46 (elder adults-at-risk), Chapter 54 (guardianships) and Chapter 55 (adults-at-risk and adult protective services) define adult protective systems in Wisconsin. The Chapter 55 Manual provides more information on the statutes governing adults-at-risk and adult protective services systems.

One of the new responsibilities outlined in Chapter 55 requires the adults-at-risk 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).

The Elder Adults/Adults-at-Risk 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. Or, go to SafetyNetWorks and Numbered Memos to view all current publications.

If you have questions about policy or county elder adults/adults-at-risk agency operations, contact your adults-at-risk regional staff.

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Last Revised: February 20, 2014