Adult Protective Services Specialist I/II

Tulsa, OK
Full Time
CAP AP Tulsa
Mid Level

This position is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Adult Protective Services Specialist

Annual Salary:

  • Level I   H26A - $37,007.00 + Full state benefits
  • Level II H26B - $39,781.14 + Full state benefits


DHS offers free child care for all employees. This benefit will be in effect until December 31, 2022. For more information contact or visit the program website at

Travel is EXTENSIVE - Must possess a valid driver's license and must maintain required car insurance.

This position plays an integral part in keeping vulnerable Oklahoma adults safe.  In this position, you will receive and investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  You will determine the capacity and provide voluntary or involuntary services based on needs, and you'll coordinate service plans, prepare legal forms, attend court hearings, and provide testimony as necessary.

Hires will be eligible for the complete state benefits package which includes paid time off, retirement contribution plans with employer matching, and health care allowances. 

Minimum Qualifications

Adult Protective Services Specialist, Level I - A bachelor's degree in any field is required for this level

Adult Protective Services Specialist, Level II - Applicant may either have a master’s degree; or a bachelor’s degree and one year of experience in professional social work.

The complexity of the duties assigned will in part depend on the level of experience. The salary depends on the level of qualification of the applicant. 

Level I:

  • Employees will perform entry-level work in a training status in providing adult protective services to incapacitated adults prior to completion of the Adult Protective Services New Worker Training Academy;
  • Employees may participate in investigations with higher-level Adult Protective Services Specialists,
  • Learn and apply self-protection techniques;
  • Perform follow-up activities for ongoing cases and coordinate service plans for adults;
  • Prepare legal forms for APS court hearings and attend such hearings, providing testimony if needed;
  • Attend case staffing and other training offered outside the APS academy,
  • Perform independent investigation of routine APS referrals. 

Level II:

  • Receive intakes and complete investigations involving appropriate documentation on incapacitated adults alleged to be in situations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation;
  • Ensure and apply self-protection techniques;
  • Perform complete assessment and determine appropriate interventions for each case;
  • Make collateral contacts to gather additional information on the adult's history, determining the urgency of each adult's situation;
  • Initiate and follow through on court proceedings for involuntary protective services, and serve as a temporary guardian for adults acting within the boundaries ordered by the court;
  • Involve the adult (if possible) family, and other caregivers in the development of a service plan to meet the adult's needs, and provide follow-up visits as specified by policy or more often as needed. 
  • Ability to work on a diverse team and directly with people from diverse backgrounds specifically racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and disabilities. 


OKDHS is a Fair Chance Employer. If you have questions, please contact

This is a position in the Oklahoma Civil Service.

Announcement Number - 22-GH155



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