What is OCAPS?
The Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services (OCAPS) is the membership organization for Ohio professionals involved in the fight against elder abuse. Members include Adult Protective Service (APS) practitioners, geriatric social workers, law enforcement personnel, elder law attorneys, legislators, academicians and other professionals. Membership is open to professionals and advocates interested in elder abuse issues. Members include those in both rural and metro areas of Ohio.
What activities is OCAPS involved in?
OCAPS has several standing committees, which are involved in various activities: Executive, Public Policy, Membership and Resource & Education. To find out more about our committees, please visit our about us page.
OCAPS sponsors an annual two-day conference each Spring for members and interested parties. Workshops generally focus on clinical, legal and legislative topics. Speakers of both national and local expertise contribute to the conference’s success each year. Visit our conference information page to learn more.Additionally, OCAPS provides a bi-annual newsletter containing updated local, state and national information. Articles include legislative updates, clinical strategies, legal expertise, coalition news and more. Visit our newsletter page for more information.
How can I join OCAPS?
Membership dues are $35 for individuals and $100 for organizations. Members benefit from legislative “action alerts,” reduced conference fees and delivery of our newsletter. Feel free to visit our membership page for more information.
How do I report elder abuse in Ohio?
If you suspect “institutional” elder abuse is occurring (i.e. - nursing or rehabilitation facility) report the matter to your local Long Term Care Ombudsman. Visit the web site for the Ohio Department of Aging for more information.
If you suspect “domestic” elder abuse in the community (i.e. – older adult’s home or independent living facility), contact your county Department of Jobs & Family Services. For a directory of county offices, visit the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services County Directory web site.
To report elder abuse of an individual with mental retardation or a developmental disability (MRDD), contact your local MRDD agency. A list of local boards is available at the Ohio Department of MRDD web site.
Where can I learn more about elder abuse?
For more information about elder abuse, please visit our links page for national, regional, and local information.