Adult Protection

      Adult Protection programs provide for the safety and protection of vulnerable adults that are, or are suspected to be, victims of abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation by:
      • Receiving reports of abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation;
      • Investigating allegations and conducting an assessment; 
      • Offering referral to and arranging for provision of emergency or supportive services to reduce or eliminate risk of harm.
      Abuse means the intentional or negligent infliction of physical pain, injury or mental injury.
      Neglect means failure of a caretaker to provide food, clothing, shelter or medical care reasonably necessary to sustain the life and health of a vulnerable adult, or the failure of a vulnerable adult to provide those services for themselves.
      Exploitation means an action which may include, but is not limited to, the unjust or improper use of a vulnerable adult's financial power of attorney, funds, property, or resources by another person for profit or advantage.
      Vulnerable Adult is a person 18 years or older who is unable to protect himself from abuse, neglect or exploitation due to physical or mental impairment which affects the person’s judgment or behavior to the extent that he lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate or implement decisions regarding his person.
      Reporting Abuse
      Call the police or 9-1-1 immediately if someone you know is in immediate, life-threatening danger.
      Adult Protection Services: (800) 574-8656 or (208) 736-2122  
      You can report any suspicion of abuse to Adult Protection Services and your personal information will be confidential. 
      When reporting abuse please:
      • Give us the complete name of the person you believe is being abused.
      • The address and phone number (if you know it) of the person you believe is being abused.
      • The complete name of the person you suspect is abusing the person along with address or phone number if available.