Adult Protective Services – Office of Aging and Disability Services (Department of Health and Human Services)
24-hour, 7 days/week toll-free – 1-800-624-8404
207-624-8404 if calling from outside the U.S.
TTY (24/7) Maine relay 711
Anyone can call APS for help or information. If you’re worried about an older person but aren’t sure that what you are seeing is abuse, it’s best to let APS know of your concerns.
APS can provides and arrange for services to protect incapacitated and dependent adults (age 18 and over) in danger of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Visit the website for the Office of Aging and Disability Services to learn more.
Office of Securities - (A part of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation)
Maine relay 711 (TTY, 24/7)
The Office of Securities investigates and prosecutes violations of the securities laws. For more information, visit the website for the Maine Office of Securities.
LSE offers free and confidential legal help to Mainers age 60 and older. The attorneys at LSE can help older Mainers with a wide range of civil legal problems including elder abuse and exploitation, debt collection, housing issues, and problems with public benefits. Visit www.mainelse.org to learn more about Legal Services for the Elderly.
Older people can call the Legal Services for the Elderly Helpline to talk to an attorney and receive free legal help. The phone is answered Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and those calling after hours can leave a message.
If you suspect someone is the victim of sexual abuse, Maine’s sexual assault support centers can help. Callers are connected to someone nearby who can listen, offer support and information, and help deciding what to do next. Visit the website for the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault for more information and to find the member center for your area.
If you suspect someone is the victim of domestic violence, Maine’s domestic violence resource centers can help. Callers are connected to someone who can listen, offer emotional support and information, help with safety planning, and help deciding what to do next.
Visit the website for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence for more information and to find the domestic violence program for your area.
If you’re worried that an older person isn’t receiving the care they need, your local Area Agency on Aging can help. Your local Area Agency on Aging has supports and services available to assist older victims of financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect.
Possible available services include:
Long-term care options counseling
Identifying possible housing
Assisting in receiving benefits
Providing family support and meals.