Adult Protection

Adult Protection (AP) serves as a program that helps connect the “at risk” adult with services and resources. An “at risk “ adult is defined as an individual 18 years of age or older who is susceptible to mistreatment or self-neglect because the individual is unable to perform or obtain services necessary for the individual’s health, safety and welfare.

Types of Abuse:

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Caregiver Neglect
  • Self Neglect
  • Exploitation


As of July 1, 2015, reporting elder abuse was mandated by Colorado State Law, Senate Bill SB13-111.  Mesa County Department of Human Services offers training on mandatory reporting of at-risk elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The training will answer questions about the new law and provide information on the following:

  • What is mandatory reporting?

  • Who is required to report?

  • What situations must be reported and to whom?

  • How to make a report to Adult Protection Services (APS) and Law Enforcement?

This training will be provided at no cost to organizations such as- Medical personnel, long term care facility personnel, mental health professionals, social workers, law enforcement personnel, court appointed guardians and conservators, fire protection personnel, pharmacists, dentists, bank personnel, home health providers and affiliated parties, emergency medical service providers, physical therapists, clergy and chiropractors...the list goes on……

Help us pull back the curtain on elder abuse! 

Please contact Mesa County Department of Human Services Adult Protection at (970) 248-2888, Option 2.

If you are concerned about a friend, neighbor or loved one in any of the above areas mentioned you are encouraged to call the Department of Human Services intake line at (970) 248-2888, Option 2.

*Please note that referral sources are always kept confidential and can be kept anonymous

Important Numbers - Adult Services

Department of Human Services
Main Line (970) 241-8480
Welfare Fraud Hotline
(970) 256-2421 
Adult Protective Services & Options for Long Term Care
(970) 248-2888 
Western Colorado 211
2-1-1 or (970) 244-8400  
Area Agency on Aging
(970) 248-2717 
Workforce Center
(970) 248-0871 
Assistance Programs - Fax Number
(970) 248-2849
Veterans Office
(970) 248-2733