Adult Protection Services

Report Child or Adult Abuse or Neglect

To report child or adult abuse or neglect, call 1-844-264-5437 or (970) 707-7005. If it is an emergency or you are witnessing a child or adult in a life threatening situation, call 911 immediately. 


Adult Protection Services (APS) are provided to at-risk adults age 18 and older who, due to age or disability, are unable to protect themselves and have no one to advocate on their behalf. The Adult Protection program responds to reports of Abuse- physical or sexual; Neglect - caregiver or self; and Financial Exploitation.The purpose of the Adult Protection Services program is to protect adults who cannot protect themselves. These adults are known as “at-risk.” They are considered to be at risk of mistreatment or self-neglect because:

  • They are unable to protect themselves; and/or
  • They are unable to perform or arrange for services that will help them protect their health and safety; and/or
  • They lack sufficient understanding or lack capacity to make or communicate decisions that will keep them safe and healthy.

Reporting Abuse of an At Risk Adult

To make an adult protection referral in Gunnison County during normal business hours, call (970) 641-3244 For emergencies after hours, call 911 or (970) 641-8000 ext 1 for Gunnison County Dispatch.

Adult Protection Services

Adult protection focuses on receiving and investigating reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation while arranging and coordinating services to increase safety and mitigate risks.

Adult Protection Team Meetings are Open to the public the first Thursday of every other month at 2:00 pm at DHHS. Please call (970) 642-4665 for more information.