Advocacy & Protective Services, Inc. (APSI) traces its history to the decision of the Ohio legislature in the 1970s to provide contracted guardianship services to persons in developmental centers and in the community. The organization was formed in 1983 from the merger of two predecessor organizations, Guardian Services, Ltd., founded in 1976, and Sentinel Services for the Developmentally Disabled, founded in 1978.
In its early years, APSI served as 'guardian of the person, trustee, and protector' according to state law. In 1989, passage of the guardianship reform law (Substitute S.B. 46) increased the number of options available to the individuals APSI serves. This change meant that in addition to providing full guardianships, trusteeships, and protectorships, APSI began providing conservatorship, interim, limited, and emergency guardianship.
Currently, there are nine regional APSI offices throughout the state of Ohio and a central office in Columbus. APSI has 72 protective service representatives, with an average caseload of approximately 55 individuals. APSI represents approximately 3,900 individuals across the state. APSI is governed by an 18-member board of trustees with representatives from across Ohio. As the only statewide provider in Ohio of protective services for the developmentally disabled, APSI has served as guardian for over 10,000 adults in the last 30 years.