Mission & Philosophy
Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, which advocates for outcomes that promote dignity, respect, and enhanced quality of life for individual persons with developmental disabilities.
Serving critical needs, one person at a time.
APSI provides advocacy and protective services according to Ohio law and by the authority of Ohio Probate Courts for:
- Eligible adults 18 years of age and older;
- Who live in Ohio;
- Have a developmental disability; and
- Are facing a situation or problem that requires protective services.
APSI specializes in serving individuals with the highest level of needs in the least restrictive manner possible. As guardian of the person only, APSI has the authority to make day-to-day decisions on behalf of the individual but not their estate. These decisions may include:
- Medical and dental treatment;
- Behavior supports;
- Where the individual shall live and work;
- What care and supervision is required;
- Quality of life decisions; and
APSI strives to provide guardianship services while promoting self-determination, self-advocacy, and principles of least restrictive services focused on person-centered planning. APSI staff are committed to providing guardianship services and activities in a manner that enhances an individual’s lifestyle and best support individual needs and preferences while protecting the person from harm. APSI provides guardianship service according to the best interest of the individual, which means the course of action that maximizes what is best for the person with consideration of the least intrusive, most normalizing, and least restrictive course of action possible given the needs of the individual.
APSI strives to support restoration of rights, and works to assist individuals in the attainment of their rights as appropriate to each individual’s needs and abilities.
APSI does not perform direct services such as securing housing, signing leases, transporting, taking medical action, service coordination, and job placement actions.