Deborah Holt-Knight

Deputy Commissioner, Adult Protective Services

Deborah-Holt Knight is the Deputy Commissioner of NYC Adult Protective Services (APS).  Ms. Holt-Knight has been on the APS team for over 30 years, starting as a caseworker, assessing clients for eligibility, investigating allegations of abuse, interacting with law enforcement and testifying in court hearings. She is now responsible for the citywide operations of APS.  In this capacity she is developing policy and procedures, providing training, exploring new program initiatives, and organizing community outreach. She has a bachelor’s of art in psychology and a master’s of science in gerontology. She completed the Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Knight is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Sloan Public Service Award as well as the 2011 National Adult Protective Services Association’s President’s Award for outstanding service. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, training members of the public on a five step action plan that is intended to assist persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis is resolved. Serving vulnerable adults is her passion.