Dr. Sheila Jones

Chief of Adult Protective Services 

DC Department of Human Services

Dr. Jones is currently serving as the Chief for Adult Protective Services (APS) in the Department of Human Services, Family Services Administration. In this capacity, Dr. Jones is responsible for the management, supervision, direction, coordination and implementation of APS.  She also serves as the District of Columbia State Administrator for the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) and Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPSA) initiative.

Under her leadership, Adult Protective Services has earned accreditation from the Council on Accreditation in May 2015.  The Council on Accreditation is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization.  Founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities),  The District of Columbia Adult Protective Services is only the twenty-second such program nationally to have this distinction.  Additionally, APS was awarded their first competitive grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Community Living, AOA-Elder Justice Initiative to Enhance Adult Protective Services.  Through this initiative, APS will be positioned and have the opportunity to annually submit key requisite data elements in fulfillment of the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), while moving to a seamless mobile environment that will facilitate “real time“ information from the field that will assist  in achieving consistency at critical decisions making points as a part of case investigations using the Structured Decision Making model (SDM).

Most recently, Dr. Jones was selected to serve in the Mayor’s Mentoring Circle where she has been paired with a cabinet-level executive to provide the mentoring and networking necessary to further develop her dexterity in leadership, innovation, relationship building and abilities to lead under pressure. As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, she teaches courses in Sociology, Gerontology and Research Methods and Statistics.  Her current research interests are in the areas of cardiovascular health, patient noncompliance, women’s health, domestic violence, aging and intergenerational issues in aging.

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