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.
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.
WI Circuit Court Forms related to Guardianship Proceedings (Exit DHS)
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), Chapter 54 (Guardianships and Conservatorships), and Chapter 55 (Protective Service System) 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).
You can 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).