DHHS Employee Honored With National Award For Work in Adult Protective Services

Concord, NH - A New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services employee is receiving national recognition for her dedication and hard work in adult protective services. Lynn Koontz, Administrator of the Adult Protection Program in the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) will be awarded the National Adult Protective Services Association’s (NAPSA) President’s Award at a conference this week in Chicago.

"We are very pleased to see Lynn receive this well-deserved national honor," said BEAS Administrator Kathleen Otte. "Her hard work and devotion have helped make the Adult Protection Program what it is today, thereby strengthening New Hampshire's ability to care for its most vulnerable citizens."

Lynn has been with DHHS for 35 years, and has devoted countless hours to the Adult Protection Program. Some of her many responsibilities include training and consultation to Adult Protective Social Workers (APSWs), giving numerous community education and training sessions, and tracking statistics regarding adult protection. The statistics serve to inform and educate DHHS, the legislature and community leaders concerning the need for resources devoted to adult protection. During her career, Lynn has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of New Hampshire state laws governing protective services to adults who are abused, neglected, exploited or self-neglecting.

NAPSA’s President’s Award is given in recognition of significant contributions to the field of adult protective services, and helping improve the quality of services to elders and people with disabilities. NAPSA is a national non-profit organization that provides state Adult Protective Services (APS) program administrators and staff with a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elders and other vulnerable adults who are victims of abuse.