National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS)
The National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS) will be the first comprehensive, national reporting system for APS programs. NAMRS will collect quantitative and qualitative data on the practices and policies of adult protective services (APS) agencies and the outcomes of investigations into the maltreatment of older adults and adults with disabilities. The absence of data for research and best practice development has been cited by numerous entities, including the Government Accountability Office, as a significant barrier to improving APS programs. Policy makers, APS programs, and researchers will use the data to evaluate and improve programs.
The goal of NAMRS is to provide consistent, accurate national data on the exploitation and abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities, as reported to APS agencies. NAMRS is an annual, voluntary system to collect both summary and de-identified case-level data on APS investigations. NAMRS consists of three components:
- Agency Component—submitted by all agencies, on their policies and practices [NAMRS Agency Component Data Specifications (PDF, 100KB)]
- Case Component—data on client characteristics, services, and perpetrator characteristics, provided by agencies that have report-level tracking systems [NAMRS Case Component Data Specifications (PDF, 129KB)]
- Key Indicators Component—aggregated data on key statistics of investigations and victims, provided by agencies that do not have report-level tracking systems or are unable to provide case-level data [NAMRS Key Indicators Component Data Specifications (PDF, 133KB)]
Please see the NAMRS Definitions of Code Values (PDF, 174KB) for a description of the terms used in the three component documents.
NAMRS is in the final stages of review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The data elements, specifications, and definitions that are under review by OMB are below. Once approved by OMB, final data specifications will be disseminated. Learn about the development and initial pilot on the NAMRS Background page.
ACL, through its National APS Technical Assistance Resource Center, will provide training, assistance, and a mechanism for easily uploading data for participants. Minimal effort will be needed to provide the Agency Component, while the Key Indicators and Case Components will require more effort. The degree of effort will depend on the nature of each program’s case management and data reporting system. Agency IT departments will be a critical partner for most APS programs.
NAMRS is aspirational. It was designed with the recognition that states will not be able to participate optimally in the short-run. Not every state will be able to provide Case Component or Key Indicators data; and even states with sophisticated electronic case management systems will not be able to provide all the requested data. Inability to provide all the requested data should not discourage participation. NAMRS should, however, provide a model of critical data elements that states should consider collecting in the future. In fact, some states are already adapting their information systems to improve their reporting in future years. The initial goal for NAMRS is 100 percent participation by states and jurisdictions, not collection of 100 percent of NAMRS data elements.
For more information, contact the ACL Program Officer:Stephanie.WhittierEliason@acl.hhs.gov
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