All information is considered public record, with three broad exceptions:
- Confidentiality - Disclosure is not required where prohibited by statute, court rule or court order (e.g., social security numbers, court orders, etc.).
- Personal privacy - Some records need not be disclosed due to an individual’s privacy rights (e.g., home address, telephone numbers, email addresses, racial background, age).
- “Best interest” - Disclosure may not be required if release of the record is not in the best interest of the state (e.g., release would inhibit public safety efforts or place the State at a competitive disadvantage).
A.R.S. §46-460 is the guiding authority for the confidentiality of Adult Protective Services (APS) records. All information that is gathered or created by APS and that is contained in an APS record is considered confidential and may not be released except as specified by A.R.S. §46-460.
An individual must meet the statutory criteria outlined in A.R.S. §46-460 to be eligible to receive APS records.
The APS records that are released may be redacted. Some examples of information that may be redacted are:
- An individual’s personally identifying information.
- Information considered Attorney Client privilege.
- Reporting source’s identity.
Please complete the APS Records Request form
Submit the form by mail or fax to the DES Public Records Coordinator at:
Attn: DES Public Records Coordinator
P.O. Box 6123
Mail Drop 1292
Phoenix, AZ 85005
Fax: (602) 542-6000
Or by email: [email protected]
The APS Records Request should be filled out as completely as possible. An incomplete form may delay fulfillment of the request.