Special to the Bulletin

Three area residents have received the “APS Honors” award in recognition of their care and service to Adult Protective Services clients during the past year.

The awards are a special project of two volunteer boards and the Region 2/9 APS staff, officials said.

Genetha Chastain, and Bob and Connie Crooks were honored in Brownwood Monday afternoon during a reception at the local APS office, 2400 Crockett Dr.

Chastain received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and served as assistant Brown County attorney for two years before entering private practice with Northcutt, Johnson, & Parker, P.C., law firm. She has worked closely with APS workers to provide pro bono services for special needs clients.

Connie and Bob Crooks recognized a need and developed a business to serve the elderly and persons with disabilities, APS staff said. They provide representative payee services though Genesis Area Development, one of a few organizational representative payee services in the nation. The business has grown to serve more than 300 area residents.

The Region 9 Adult Protective Services Advisory Board (Midland/Odessa) and the APS Partners Inc. Board (Abilene) are non-profit organizations whose mission is to support the Adult Protective Services caseworkers and clients in the region. These volunteer boards conduct fund-raising and develop special projects to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities who are served through the Adult Protective Services program.

“Partnership is the key to excellent services for our clients.” Tommy Reed, regional director for Adult Protective Services, Region 2/9, said. “We value our community partnerships and APS Honors is an opportunity for us to recognize and thank individuals and agencies for outstanding efforts.”

Adult Protective Services is a program of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services whose mission is to protect the elderly and persons with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation by working with clients, families and communities. To report abuse, neglect or exploitation, call the statewide hotline at (800) 252-5400.