The primary focus of the Adult Protective Service Worker program is to work with adults who have a developmental disability who live on their own in the community.
APSWs support people living in a range of community residential settings, some of which may be subsidized or operated by various levels of government, some may be at market-value rent, and others may be owned by individuals themselves.
Ongoing support for individuals living in Ministry-funded developmental services residential settings is not the intent of the APSW program. However there are two exceptional circumstances where the APSW may assist individuals in other types of living situations:
Living at home with FAMILY:
The APSW may be asked to assist an eligible adult who has a developemental disability whose primary residence is with their family if:
On a time limited basis as determined by the APSW or their supervisor, the involvement of the APSW is requested specifically to help the adult with their plan to move towards independence and take up residenceon their own in the community , or
with the permission of the individual who has a developmental disability, the involvement of the APSW is specifically an advocacy role with the individual in their relationship with the family and the primary focus is on the safety and security of the adult with a developmental disability within the family unit.
Ongoing service provision for eligible adults who continue to live at home with their family is not the focus of the Adult Protective Service Worker program. In situations where an adult who is living at home with their family needs ongoing assistance with locating services, the Adult Protective Service Worker should refer the individual and their family to their local DSO which can assist with service navigation.