An investigation by the Indianapolis Star found that the state agency responsible for protecting vulnerable adults has exposed thousands to abuse and neglect as a result of overwhelmed investigators.
The paper used public records requests to compare Indiana’s Adult Protective Services with similar agencies across the country.
Among their findings:
- Indiana has up to 20 days to initiate an investigation after receiving a report. In other states, the numbers range from one to seven days.
- Indiana has 30 full-time APS investigators. In states with similar populations, there are between 90 and 175 full-time investigators.
- Indiana budgets $3.26 million for adult protective services, much less than other states. And even within the state, Indianapolis animal control gets 42.6 percent more money than APS.