Colorado Adult Protective Services (CAPS)

Posted: 14 Dec 2018 03:52 PM PST

To: All Fac types

From: Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division on behalf of the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Beginning January 1, 2019 licensed agencies that provide direct care services to at-risk adults will be required to request a check of the Colorado Adult Protective Services (APS) data system, called CAPS. The purpose is to determine whether an applicant with your agency has been substantiated of causing physical abuse, sexual abuse, caretaker neglect, or exploitation of an at-risk adult in an APS investigation. The required CAPS checks will be conducted by the CAPS Check Unit. Each agency named in the statute as required to request CAPS checks MUST register with the CAPS Check Unit (CCU) prior to requesting a CAPS check on potential new employees. Registration opened on November 30 to ensure all agencies could register prior to the start of the CAPS checks. Please visit the CCU website at for detailed information about the CAPS check requirements, the list of agencies that are required under this law to request checks, and to register your agency with the CCU. If you have additional questions related to the CAPS check process after reviewing the information on the website, please email us at