The Adult Protective Services program was established to receive and investigate reports regarding adults within the state of Indiana who may be endangered and, as appropriate, to coordinate a proper response to protect endangered adults who are victims
of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
APS field investigators operate out of the offices of county prosecutors throughout the state. If the APS unit has reason to believe that an individual who is 18 years or older is an endangered adult, the unit shall investigate the complaint or cause
the complaint to be investigated by law enforcement or other agency and make a determination as to whether the individual reported is an endangered adult.
Ready to Report?
If you are ready to report a suspected case of abuse, neglect, or exploitation involving an adult in Cass County, please visit our reporting page.
After a report is submitted it is sent to the director of the local APS unit, who will determine the appropriate next step. APS will keep your report confidential and will not disclose your name without a court order or the consent of all
parties named in the report. If APS conducts an investigation, an investigator may contact you for additional information; however, APS does not discuss ongoing investigations and will not provide you with information regarding the details
or the status of the investigation.
Please understand that when adults have the capacity to make their own decisions, they may refuse services and have the right to do so. APS has no authority to force a fully cognizant adult to do anything against their will.
Message From Cass County Prosecutor
Who Qualifies as an Endangered Adult?
Someone who is at least eighteen (18) years of age;
Someone rendered incapable by reason of mental illness, intellectual disability, dementia, habitual ]drunkenness, excessive use of drugs, or other physical or mental incapacity, of managing or directing the management of the individual’s property
or providing self-care; and
Someone harmed or threatened with harm as a result of:
Exploitation of the individual’s personal services or property.
Someone who fits the definition above as a product of self-neglect.