What is NAMRS?
The National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS) collects state Adult Protective Services (APS) data to provide consistent, accurate national data on the maltreatment of older adults and adults with disabilities. The information and data is divided into Agency Component, Key Indicators, and Case Component. States voluntarily submit information and data based on the federal fiscal year (FFY). The first year of submission was FFY2016.
The idea of a national reporting system for adult maltreatment, similar to the system for child maltreatment reporting, has been discussed for decades. The leadership of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and Administration for Community Living (ACL) directed the development and piloting of an adult maltreatment reporting system in 2013 based on data from state APS agency information systems.
The pilot effort addressed the Elder Justice Coordinating Council’s recommendation to develop a national APS system based on standardized data collection and a core set of service provision standards and best practices. The project was funded by Administration for Community Living through an interagency agreement with ASPE. The project team conducted extensive outreach to gain an understanding of information needs. More than forty state administrators, researchers, service providers, and other individuals in the field participated in stakeholder calls. Over thirty state representatives from twenty-five states participated in three in-person working sessions to discuss the uses of collected data and the key functionalities that should be included in a national system. ACL contracted with WRMA, Inc. to develop and pilot a system. The National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS) was developed and piloted with nine states during the years 2013-2015. Nine states volunteered to pilot and test the system from January through May 2015. A final report of the pilot phase was published by ASPE in September 2015.
From October 2015 through February 2017, ACL, through its Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC), operated by WRMA, Inc., refined and built the final system and provided training and technical assistance to states in preparation of the first NAMRS submission. States, the District of Columbia, and five territories received training and assistance in preparation for and during their submission of FFY2016 information and data. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (#0985-0054) gave approval for submission of data in March 2017. Fifty-four (54) APS reporting jurisdictions volunteered to participate by providing (APS) information and data. For NAMRS, a reporting jurisdiction is the officially designated APS office in the state, territory, or district.