Adult Protection

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Adult Protection Services provides assistance to vulnerable adults 18 years and older who are at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Protection services include, but are not limited to:

  • Receiving and investigating reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • Providing casework and counseling services
  • Arranging and coordinating supportive and in-home services
  • Providing information and referrals to community resources, including public assistance programs
  • Assisting with guardianships, conservatorships and placements
  • Referrals may be made to Adult Protection Services at the Statewide Reporting Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437), 24 hours a day.
  • The identities of reporters are kept strictly confidential.
  • For emergencies call local law enforcement or 911.
Additional Resources

Adult Protection Team

The Adult Protection Team is a group of community members who have joined forces to identify and provide resources for at-risk adults. The team meets quarterly.

Get Involved

If you have a passion for improving the lives of vulnerable or at-risk adults and would like to work with other community members who share this interest, please email Heather Lawdermilk, LCSW at or call Heather at 970-328-8854.

Eligibility Criteria for Adult Protection Services

Vulnerable adults are persons 70 years or older as well as 18 years and older who are unable to provide or obtain services necessary for their health, safety, and welfare OR who lack the capacity to make or understand responsible decisions. Conditions that increase risk include dementia, physical or medical frailty, developmental disabilities, brain injury, behavioral disorders, and mental illness.
Additional information can be found on the State Website.

Case Management Services for Adults

Adults in the Eagle County community may be eligible for a prevention program called Case Management for adults. This program can provide information and connection to:

  • Health care and behavioral health care services , including navigating Medicare
  • Financial resources
    • State & Federal Programs: Apply online for all state and federal food, medical, child care, energy, and cash assistance programs at or call 970-328-8888 with questions.
  • Local food resources , including home delivered meals
  • Transportation resources
  • Ombudsman and legal referrals
  • Individualize goal setting
  • Veteran’s services
  • Much more!
The program welcomes new participants! Are you interested in learning more? Do you have any questions? Please call or email
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