USC provides research support and guidance to the national Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC), which is funded by the Administration for Community Living and administered by WRMA, Inc. The APS TARC supports adult protective services (APS) agencies across the U.S. through: (1) technical assistance; (2) administering and reporting on data submitted to the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), a centralized reporting system for state APS agencies; and (3) providing research and evaluation to better understand APS.

USC is currently supporting the APS TARC in its work through contributing to analysis and interpretation of NAMRS data, APS evaluation reports, and a project looking at the application of predictive analytics with artificial intelligence and machine learning to the APS field (PRAM: Predicting Risk of Adult Maltreatment). These efforts aim to increase the information available to APS agencies nationwide and ultimately improve the practice of APS and the services provided to elder and dependent adult victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.


Zach Gassoumis (gassoumi@usc.edu)