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Jo Anne Bernal
County Attorney
Jo Anne Bernal

Contact Information

500 E. San Antonio
5th Floor, Suite 503
El Paso, Texas 79901
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Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone (915) 546-2050
Fax (915) 546-2133


Court representation for the Texas Adult Protective Services and advocacy for matters involving the rights and needs of the Elderly Population of El Paso County.

The County Attorney Elder Protection Unit represents the Adult Protective Services section of the Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services in litigation before the El Paso County Probate Court in an effort to provide services to abused, neglected, or exploited elderly or disabled persons.

In cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly or disabled, the County Attorney may:

  • File a petition for the protection of an elderly or disabled person in emergency situations where the ward lacks the capacity to consent:
  • File a petition in the El Paso County Probate court seeking court-authorized entry onto premises to allow APS to carry out an investigation of reported abuse, neglect, or exploitation of elderly or disabled persons, or
  • Assist Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and file a petition of guardianship of elderly and disabled persons who are incapacitated and unable to protect their own health and safety and manage their personal affairs.

The Elder Protection Unit also engages in community efforts to increase awareness of issues affecting the elderly population of El Paso County.

If you or someone you know are in need of adult protective services or to report abuse or neglect of the elderly, please call 1-800-252-5400 or go to