Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services:
Adult Protective Services is for any adult age 18 or older that is considered a vulnerable adult, this is defined as an individual who is an incapacitated person or who, because of a physical or mental disability, including persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, incapacity, or other disability, is substantially impaired in the ability to provide adequately for the care or custody of himself or herself, or is unable to manage his or her property and financial affairs effectively, or to meet essential requirements for mental or physical health or safety, or to protect himself or herself from abuse, verbal abuse, neglect, or exploitation without assistance from others. Informational assistance is available through the Family Services department with solving problems related to family functioning and interpersonal relationships.
Referrals are available to the appropriate resource for problems related to:
- physical or mental handicaps
- drug abuse, alcoholism
- violation of the law
- protective services
If the vulnerable adult person lives on the reservation and is a member of a federally recognized tribe, please contact Family Services at 918.238.3152 for help. If the vulnerable adult resides off the Quapaw Nation reservation, please contact the Adult Protective Services Hotline at 1-800-522-3511.
ABUSE is causing or allowing infliction of physical pain, injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, unreasonable restraint or confinement, mental anguish or personal degradation OR deprivation of nutrition, clothing, shelter, health care or other care or services without which serious physical or mental injury is likely to occur by a caretaker or other person responsible for providing services to a vulnerable adult.
VERBAL ABUSE is the use of words, sounds, gestures, actions, behaviors or other communication by a caretaker or other person providing services to a vulnerable adult that are likely to cause a reasonable person to experience humiliation, intimidation, fear, shame or degradation.
NEGLECT is failure to provide protection, adequate shelter, nutrition, health care or clothing, or causing or permitting harm or risk of harm through the action, inaction or lack of supervision by a caretaker providing direct services.
FINANCIAL NEGLECT means repeated instances by a caretaker or other person who has assumed the role of financial management of failure to use the resources available to restore or maintain the health and physical well-being of a vulnerable adult, including but not limited to:
- Squandering or negligently mismanaging the money, property, or accounts of a vulnerable adult.
- Refusing to pay for necessities or utilities in a timely manner; or
- Providing substandard care to a vulnerable adult despite the availability of adequate financial resources.
SELF NEGLECT is the action or inaction of a vulnerable adult that causes the adult to fail to meet essential requirements for his or her own physical and mental health and safety due to the adult’s lack of awareness or lack of ability.
EXPLOITATION is the unjust or improper use of the person or resources of a vulnerable adult for the profit or advantage of another person through the use of undue influence, coercion, harassment, duress, deception, false representation or false pretense.
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION is a caretaker causing, allowing, or encouraging a vulnerable adult to engage in prostitution or lewd, obscene, or pornographic photographing, filming or depiction of the vulnerable adult.
SEXUAL ABUSE is (A) oral, anal, or vaginal penetration of a vulnerable adult by, or through the union with, the sexual organ of a caretaker or other person providing services to the vulnerable adult, or the anal or vaginal penetration of a vulnerable adult with any other object by a caretaker or other person providing services to the vulnerable adult.
(B) for the purpose of sexual gratification, the touching, feeling, or observation of the body or private parts of a vulnerable adult by a caretaker or other person providing services to the vulnerable adult; or
(C) indecent exposure by a caretaker or other person providing services to the vulnerable adult.
PERSONAL DEGRADATION is a willful act by a caretaker intended to shame, degrade, humiliate, or otherwise harm the personal dignity of a vulnerable adult, or where the caretaker knew or reasonably should have known the act would cause shame, degradation, humiliation, or harm to the personal dignity of a reasonable person. Personal degradation includes the taking, transmitting, or display of an electronic image of a vulnerable adult by a caretaker, where the caretakers action constitutes a willful act intended to shame, degrade, humiliate, or otherwise harm the personal dignity of the dependent adult, or where the caretaker knew or reasonably should have known the act would cause shame, degradation, humiliation, or harm to the personal dignity of a reasonable person.