Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services responds to reports of the mistreatment or neglect of at-risk adults who are, due to age or disability, unable to advocate for themselves. Services include risk assessment, crisis resolution, referral to and coordination with service providers, financial management, guardianships and conservatorships, placement and care coordination.

Reports may be made to Adult Protective Services Intake by contacting the department at 970-264-2182 during regular business hours. After hours, please contact Archuleta County Dispatch at (970) 731-2160. For emergencies call 9-1-1.

Each year millions of elderly Americans are abused, neglected, and exploited. Colorado wants to ensure that law enforcement is made aware of these crimes against persons age 70 and older. On July 1, 2014, mandatory reporting of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation became law (Section 18-6.5-108, C.R.S.).  This law requires many professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation to law enforcement when they observe or become aware of the mistreatment. 
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services (Colorado APS) unit has made available an on-line training program for mandatory reporters and other members of the community.

You can access the training at