Adult protection earns high marks

By Hank Lohmeyer

In light of growing threats of elder abuse involving theft and financial fraud, the Delta County Human Services Department has been recognized for high marks earned statewide for its Adult Protective Services case (APS) work.

The county's Adult Protective Services unit recently performed above average on a number of measures of efficiency as assessed by the Colorado state statistical measures of effectiveness, or C-Stat.

The county APS unit ranked in the top nine of Colorado's 64 counties on a measure of five statistical performance goals involving the timeliness of response, original assessment, investigation, of monthly contacts, and case input.

The Delta County unit also ranked among 20 counties statewide with documentation of case notes in less than the statewide average of 3.3 days.

And, in one other measure of training and efficiency, case worker aide Pan Atwood attained 200 percent or more of the training requirement by completing 358 percent of the training hours required.

There are three case workers who share in the recognition along with Atwood. They are Rita Fowler, Kimberly Tunnell and Maya Jiminez. They work at the county's North Fork Annex.

"We have one of the best adult protective service units in the state," the county's Health and Human Services Director Chuck Lemoine told the county commissioners on Monday. "We are proud of them all."

Leone Anderson is the county's adult services manager. Brian Bowler is the Adult Protective Services supervisor.