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Adult Protective Services knows that we need the support of our partners to be effective The issues facing vulnerable adults are more than any one agency can address alone. We also recognize that no two clients or situations are alike, so we pride ourselves in working with our partners to solve problems. We get the best results when APS and our community partners work together to meet the needs of vulnerable adults.

We have developed our Partnering to Protect initiative to engage with you, our partners, more strategically and effectively. Our commitment is to continue improving our working relationships and, ultimately, see better outcomes for our clients.

APS and our community partners work together to meet the needs of vulnerable adults.

Our Shared Goal

We want to find the best, least restrictive solution for adults who are in need so they can live healthier, safer lives with dignity. We are committed to building partnerships that are sustainable.

APS works with partners in many ways, including:

  • Investigating cases and creating client service plans. Read more about our Case Process.
  • Educating the public via social media on the importance of helping vulnerable adults. For example, posting messages about awareness events focused on elder abuse and financial exploitation.
  • Use the social media toolkit to promote awareness on your own social media accounts.
  • Sharing information about APS intakes, investigations, services, and outcomes on local and statewide levels. This information can be found on the APS Data Book page.
  • Conducting a community satisfaction survey of community partners every other year. Visit the APS Community Satisfaction Survey and Report page.
  • Fostering key partnerships through engagement with our Faith-Based and Community Engagement (FBCE) division. Contact a FBCE specialist in your area today:

1, 2 & 9

Marci Leffler

(432) 368-2605

Amarillo, Abilene, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Wichita Falls

Dallas/Fort Worth


Nisaa Muhammad

(214) 240-2890

Dallas, Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth


Sue Ellen Stalder

(432) 227-9502

Dallas, Fort Worth



Jennifer Shaw

(903) 589-2211

Tyler, Longview, Palestine, Texarkana



Tracey Belin

(936) 488-0196

Beaumont, Port Arthur, Lufkin, Nacogdoches



Daniel Bernal

(713) 598-6532

Houston, Rosenberg, Conroe, Galveston, Pearland



Eunice Akwu Adejo

(281) 685-7948

Houston, Rosenberg, Conroe, Galveston, Pearland

Austin/El Paso


Erica Mendoza

(512) 745-1197

Austin, San Marcos, Round Rock, Georgetown, Belton, Waco, Bryan/College Station, Giddings, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Killeen, LaGrange, Lampasas, Lockhart, Temple

Austin/El Paso


Graciela Ortiz

(915) 834-5772

El Paso



Lisa Senteno

(210) 337-3246

San Antonio, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Floresville



Norma Rodriguez

(956) 483-8257

Hidalgo, Cameron, Webb, Nueces

Statewide and National Resources

Helpful resources focused on elder adults and adults with disabilities.

National Institute on Aging

Research and Funding

UT Health Institute on Aging

Research Resources

Administration on Community Living (ACL)

Research and Data
Research Agenda for APS

U.S. Census - Aging and Disability Statistics

Older Population and Aging

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)

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