For Immediate Release:
August 31, 2016
DCF’s Adult Protective Services Director to Serve as NAPSA President
TALLAHASSEE—Robert Anderson, the Florida Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Director of Adult Protective Services (APS), was installed today as president of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), whose mission is to recognize, report, and respond to the needs of vulnerable adults who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. A 30-year veteran of DCF, Anderson will serve a two-year term.
“Protecting those who cannot protect themselves is fundamental to what we do at DCF, and I am proud that the good work being done here in Florida has been recognized,” DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said. “This provides us the opportunity to work with committed individuals across the nation to identify and implement the best procedures to help vulnerable adults and their families.”
Anderson first joined DCF as a music therapist and rehabilitation therapy supervisor at Florida State Hospital, and went on to work in many program areas, including the Florida Abuse Hotline; State Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Program Office; Children’s Mental Health Unit; the Florida Child and Adolescent Services System; the Substance Abuse Program Office; and the Office of Child Welfare Community-Based Care team.
“This work can be sad, and it can be challenging, but it is also very rewarding,” Anderson said. “I am honored to accept this opportunity to represent Florida and bring partners together to tighten the safety net for vulnerable adults.”
Formed in 1989, the goal of NAPSA is to provide a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder abuse and vulnerable adult mistreatment. For further information about the conference, visit NAPSA’s website.
To report abuse of a senior or vulnerable adult, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873) or report online at FloridaAbuseHotline.com.
Contact: David Frady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4611.