WRMA is pleased to congratulate the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), on its release of the first Federal report on nationally collected data on the maltreatment of older adults and adults with disabilities. ACL released this report on August 29, 2017 at the National Adult Protective Services Association conference. The conference participants expressed their enthusiasm regarding this monumental moment with a standing ovation.
This initial report is the first in a series of reports based on first-year data submission to the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). This is the first comprehensive, national reporting system for Adult Protective Services (APS) programs.
In partnership with ACL, and as the primary contractor, WRMA has been supporting this important effort since 2013. ACL, in partnership with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), contracted with WRMA in 2013 (contract #HHSP23320095656WV) to implement a 2-year effort to design, develop, and pilot a national reporting system for APS. After the successful pilot, ACL contracted with WRMA to run the National Adult Protective Services Resource Center (contract #HHSP233201500042I) to fully implement NAMRS and to provide expert technical assistance and guidance to assist in enhancing state APS systems. This included improvements in APS practices, APS services, the collection of APS data, and supporting states with NAMRS submission.
NAMRS is a voluntary data reporting system collecting data from state and local APS programs. Forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories contributed data to NAMRS in its inaugural year. Please note, we refer to the states, district and territories collectively as “states”. This extremely successful level of voluntary participation reflects the value that leaders in the field of adult maltreatment place on this data.
On behalf of ACL, WRMA engaged states and began providing training and technical assistance in preparation for the national implementation of NAMRS. Office of Management and Budget approval was received in March of 2017 and states submitted data for the Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (Oct. 2015-Sept. 2016) by April 2017. ACL and WRMA were very aware of the desire to see data quickly and made a concentrated effort to develop an initial report by August 2017, within four months of the submission of data.
The WRMA NAMRS team recognizes and appreciates the tremendous effort by the states, District of Columbia, and territories in preparing and submitting the data. We value our work with ACL and the continued opportunity to collaborate to improve the quality of data collection. WRMA shares the vision with the APS community that with quality data comes invaluable information that will ultimately offer better protection, improved programs, and increased support for older adults and adults with disabilities.