February/March 2006 | Volume 8 | No. 4

Policy & Legislation

Elder Justice Watch

Support for the Elder Justice Act appears to be gathering momentum. In early February, Sens. Jim Bunning (R-KY), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Rick Santorum (R-PA), and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) joined as cosponsors to S. 2010. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) first introduced this legislation last fall at the end of the first session of the 109th Congress. The bill, if passed by both houses, would create a new title in the Social Security Act, "Title XXII – Elder Justice."

The bipartisan legislation presently has nine cosponsors in addition to the lead sponsor, Sen. Hatch. For more information on Elder Justice Act, contact Robert Blancato, National Coordinator, Elder Justice Coalition, rblancato@matzblancato.com, www.elderjusticecoalition.com

Elder Justice Act S. 2010 >> http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.2010:

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President's FY 2007 Budget Request

On February 6, 2006, President Bush presented his proposed budget for fiscal year 2007. In an effort to hold down spending the President's budget proposes the elimination of 141 programs throughout federal government.

The President's proposal is the first step in the federal budget and appropriations process. Key areas of interest include:

  • Social Services Block Grant (SSBG – Social Security Act Title XX)
    The President's FY 2007 budget request reduces funds for the Social Services Block Grant by $500 million. The current level of funding is $1.7 billion. SSBG is an important source of federal funding from which states fund adult protective services.
  • Protection of Vulnerable Older Americans (Older Americans Act Title VII)
    If enacted, the President's budget would cut funding for State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs under the Older Americans Act by nearly $1 million, from $15 million to $14 million in FY 2007. Elder Abuse Prevention spending would continue at $5.1 million, the same level as FY 2006. Title VII is a formula grant program.
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
    The 2007 budget requests $173 million for Grants to Combat Violence, a decrease from $185 million in 2006.VAWA's Sec. 205 Violence Against Women in Later Life program would receive $4.5 million, a very slight decrease from this year's figure. The Women with Disabilities Program budget would increase slightly to $7.1 million. VAWA 2005, signed into law in January 2006, increased the authorized funding ceiling for the Sec. 205 Violence in Later Life program from $5 million to $10 million.

For more on the details of the President's budget proposal, see:

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Hearing Planned on Crime Victims Fund Rescission

On March 8, the Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security Subcommittee, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on a proposal in the fiscal year 2007 budget that would withdraw all of the money from the Crime Victims Fund. The Crime Victim's fund, which is financed by criminal fines, fees and forfeitures, is used to pay for victims' services and compensation.

The hearing will be held at 2:30 PM in Room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

More details >>

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Senate Roundtable on Reauthorization of Older Americans Act

On February 14, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Subcommittee on Retirement, Security, and Aging held a roundtable discussion to hear thoughts and concerns about the Older Americans Act reauthorization.

Among the experts invited to testify at the event were Patrick Flood, Second Vice President of the National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA) and Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Aging and Disabilities; Robert Blancato, National Coordinator for the Elder Justice Coalition; and Barbara B. Kennelly, Chair, Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.

Mr. Flood speaking on behalf of NASUA called attention to the importance of four core programs that form the foundation of states' elder rights efforts: Elder Abuse Prevention, Legal Assistance, Long Term Care Ombudsman, and Adult Protective Services. He said in his testimony that policy changes are needed to strengthen the states' elder rights systems. Specifically, NASUA supports increasing the funding for the Act's Title VII Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection programs and funding of a new authorization for legal services development, he said.

Mr. Blancato's testimony emphasized the importance of Title VII in addressing the growing problem of elder abuse. In a prepared statement, he said, "Clearly we support a stronger Title VII with adequate funding to allow it to better accomplish its missions of supporting community based elder abuse prevention programs, helping with better reporting data, and aiding in raising public awareness through education."

Ms. Kennelly echoed the coalition's position, commenting increased resources are needed to "ensure the viability of elder abuse and domestic violence prevention, intervention, and related elder justice activities."

For more information, please see >>

State News

Legislation Introduced to Protect Older Alaskans from Fraud

On February 7, an Act to create an office to investigate cases involving fraud against older Alaskans passed the Alaska House State Affairs Committee and was immediately referred to the House Finance Committee.

The legislation, sponsored by Representative Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski AK), gives the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy the authority to investigate and refer for prosecution cases falling under existing fraud laws.

H.B. 399 >> www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=HB0399A&session=24

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Illinois House Passes Bill to Add "Self-Neglect" in State Law

Sponsored by State Representative Julie Hamos (18th District IL), House Bill 4676 amends the Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act by adding seniors who "self neglect" to be able to receive services under this program. Multidisciplinary teams are directed to develop protocols for referring these cases to provider agencies, for accessing records and information, and for documenting the incidence of self-neglect cases.

On February 21, 2006, Rep. Hamos' bill passed the Illinois House unanimously and was referred to the Senate.

H.B. 4676 >> www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4676&

Promising Practices Spotlight

Communities Make a Difference: Coalitions in Action

In recent years, communities nationwide have been focusing more and more on creating collaborative partnerships to solve community problems. Many of these partnerships have evolved into strong and fruitful elder abuse prevention networks.

Nearly all elder abuse networks have heightened the public's awareness about elder abuse, and in some networks the partners have helped get tougher laws passed to protect our most vulnerable.

Given the importance of community coalitions to prevention, NCEA and its partner the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse launched a multi-year network building project to promote the development of new local networks through Area Agencies on Aging

Led by Mary Lynn Kasunic, the project has proceeded in four phases: review of literature, comprehensive survey, best practices teleconferences, and technical assistance/hands-on training. Ms. Kasunic is a visionary leader in building local networks and director of the AAA, Region One in Phoenix, Arizona.

What Makes Teams Work?

The survey's findings revealed that Area Agency on Aging (AAA) leadership and support are critical to elder abuse prevention network success.

AAAs are member agencies in 96.5% of the networks nationwide.

Motivating to Get the Job Done

According to the survey, assigned projects were the highest motivating force behind a strong and active abuse prevention network. In fact, say representatives of the strongest coalitions, when people are given an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way they are more likely to attend and participate in network activities.

Michael McCarthy, with the Scott County Dependent Adult Abuse Multidisciplinary Team in Davenport, Iowa, shared some practical advice: "Give your members something concrete to do and when it is done, there is something you can look at and celebrate together its accomplishment."

Examples of Strategies

Victim services

  • The Elder Abuse Prevention Network of San Angelo, Texas created an Adult Protective Services "Bridge Room" so that workers have access to necessary items during weekends, holidays, and after hours. Emergency supplies include such items as non-perishable foodstuffs, adult briefs, cooking utensils, fans, heaters, and blankets.
  • In Arizona, the Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance, in collaboration with AAA, Region One in Phoenix, established four weekly support groups for victims of elder abuse and late-life domestic violence.
  • The Oneida County Elder Abuse Coalition in Utica, New York is working on a partnership with the Office of Mental Health, as well as establishing a support group for seniors who are at risk for or are presently being abused.


  • In Kansas, the Elder Abuse Committee of Johnson County, Community Violence Action Council, partnered with the District Attorney's Office to support improvements to the Kansas adult abuse statute, adding community law enforcement and financial institutions officers to the list of mandatory reporters. In addition, the network successfully advocated for changes in the sentencing law related to mistreatment of an adult.

Public awareness and training

  • The Abuse Task Force of Mifflin and Juniata Counties, Pennsylvania helped establish protocols with local hospitals and county coroners.
  • The East Tennessee Elder Abuse Coalition in Knoxville uses the Internet for informing partner agencies about elder abuse issues. The expansion of outreach through e-mail and Internet Web sites is a new approach reported by several networks.
  • In 2002, Iowa launched a statewide Elder Abuse Initiative, a partnership with Area Agencies on Aging, the Department of Human Services, and other stakeholders in the community. The network in Des Moines contacts hairdressers, barbers, clergy, mail and newspaper carriers, utility workers, and American Legions to arrange presentations for them about elder abuse.
  • In California, the San Mateo County Adult Abuse Prevention Collaborative was responsible for the development of an intergenerational drama therapy troupe. A video of the performance with a facilitated workshop is available to community groups.

To Further Expand the Outreach

NCEA is providing technical assistance and training in the coming months to help jump start four new elder abuse prevention networks. Communities selected to receive assistance include:

  • New York City Department on Aging
  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon
  • Tennessee's Upper Cumberland Development District Area Agency on Aging
  • Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging, Wilmington, North Carolina

A report about local elder prevention networks will be available this summer at the completion of the project. For more information, contact Mary Lynn Kasunic or Susan Shea, AAA, Region One, Phoenix, networks@aaaphx.org

For more ideas and tools, search the NCEA Promising Practices Database >> www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=toolsresources.cfm

NCEA News & Resources

National Center on Elder Abuse to Provide Seed Funds for New Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), through the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, is providing seed funds to support the development of four new Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams.

The selected teams will receive $4,250 each to support their work through September 30, 2006. The project is supported by the U.S. Administration on Aging and the ABA Fund for Justice and Education.

Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams are multidisciplinary, multiagency groups that examine deaths resulting from or related to elder abuse to learn about and improve the responses of adult protective services, health care providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim assistance providers, and others to living elder abuse victims. As in the domestic violence and child abuse fields, the goal of these teams is to prevent similar deaths in the future.

As of November 2005 there were an estimated 15 Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams working in eight states. One of the teams operates at the state level, while others operate locally.

Teams receiving start-up seed grant awards will be announced on the NCEA Web site. Selections will be made in March 2006 through a proposal review process.

For more information, contact Lori A. Stiegel, JD, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging lstiegel@staff.abanet.org

To learn more about this approach, see ABA Commission on Law and Aging's Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual www.abanet.org/aging/

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Just Released! Abuse of Adults 60+: 2004 Survey of Adult Protective Services

The National Center on Elder Abuse has released its much-awaited study, Abuse of Adults 60+: 2004 Survey of Adult Protective Services. The survey was conducted for NCEA by the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse in collaboration with the National Adult Protective Services Association and National Association of State Units on Aging.

Some important findings:

  • Older women, according to the survey, are far more likely than men to suffer from abuse or neglect. In 2003, two out of every three (65.7%) elder abuse victims were women (15 states reporting).
  • In 20 of the states, more than two in five victims (42.8%) were age 80 or older.
  • In 2003, slightly more than half (52.7%) of the alleged perpetrators of elder abuse or neglect were female (11 states reporting). Three out of every four alleged offenders (75.1%) were under 60 (7 states reporting).
  • Most alleged perpetrators in 2003 were adult children (32.6%) or other family members (21.5%). Spouses/intimate partners accounted for 11.3% of the total (11 states responding).
  • The three most common sources of reports of elder abuse and neglect allegations were family members (17%), social services workers (10.6%), and friends and neighbors (8%), according to data from 11 states.

Among the recommendations:

  • Continuously collect state and national-level data so elder abuse trends can be tracked and studied.
  • Create uniform definitions and measures for reporting.
  • Analyze state APS 60+ data no less than every four years to ensure that there is methodological comparability between surveys.

Learn more:

Listen to our live audio Web cast www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=31874 [Note: If prompted to do so, fill out the Registration Form. Select one of the player options and listen to the Web cast.]

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Sign up today for the National Center on Elder Abuse Listserve

NCEA Elder Abuse listserve provides a free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week online link to others who are working on elder abuse issues. The NCEA listserve is a discussion forum for professionals working in elder abuse or allied fields. Membership is restricted to adult protective services practitioners and administrators, aging services practitioners and administrators, educators, health professionals, judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, policy makers, and researchers.

To request a subscription to the Elder Abuse listserve, just fill out the form at www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=listservesubscribeform.cfm, or If you prefer, you can e-mail the list manager at lstiegel@staff.abanet.org. All requests must include the information below:

  • Your name, profession, and e-mail address
  • A statement of your interest or expertise in elder abuse or adult protective services
  • Employer's name (if applicable) and address
  • Phone number (so that you can be contacted in the event of an e-mail problem)

See our Web site for more details.

On the Front Lines

New Mexico Facts

  • New Mexico Adult Protective Services, charged with the responsibility of serving adults 18+, transferred to the state's Aging and Long-Term Care Services Department from the Children, Youth and Families Department on July 1, 2005.
  • Beginning in FY 2006, an Adult Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Section will be created to ensure that incidents of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation are fully identified, carefully investigated, properly documented, and aggressively prosecuted.
  • The goal of this new unit is to eliminate such incidents through coordination of services with, and training of, district attorneys, other legal professionals, health care workers, other medical staff, social service workers, and law enforcement throughout New Mexico.

Source: New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Care Services Department www.nmaging.state.nm.us/

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New Mexico Online Resources



Research & Scholarship

Forensic Biomarkers of Elder Abuse: What Clinicians Need to Know
by Catherine Pearsall, PhDc, FNP, RN cpearsall@sjcny.edu, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY
Journal of Forensic Nursing, Vol. 1, No. 4 / December 2005

The article explains various symptoms that may be indicative of elder abuse. The key to interpreting suspicious signs, the author says, is not merely noting their presence, but also being able to distinguish between unintentional vs. intentional injuries. A standard forensic biomarker for abuse does not yet exist, however certain symptoms should alert suspicion in an observant elder abuse clinician.

On the Internet >> www.medscape.com/viewarticle/521362

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Rationale for and Development of the Computerized Intimate Partner Violence Screen for Primary Care
by Louise-Anne McNutt, PhD, LAM08@health.state.ny.us, University at Albany, State University of New York, et al.
Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice E-Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3 / December 2005

This article offers a conceptual framework and overview of a new model for screening for intimate partner violence in a primary care setting.

On the Internet >> www.endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-3/McNutt.pdf

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Victim Satisfaction with the Criminal Justice System
National Institute of Justice/NIJ Journal, No. 253 / January 2006

Victim satisfaction in domestic violence cases appears to directly hinge on the extent to which the victim feels she has control over ending the violence in the incident, control over her offender's future conduct-and even over the criminal justice system.

On the Internet >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/journals/253/victim.html

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Disaster Preparedness: Preliminary Observations on the Evacuation of Hospitals and Nursing Homes Due to Hurricanes
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Report No. GAO-06-443R / February 16, 2006

The GAO finds that state and local government can order evacuations during emergencies, but health care facilities may be exempt from these orders. The primary focus of emergency plans is sheltering-in- place. Evacuation is the choice of last resort, according to hospital and nursing home administrators.

On the Internet >> www.gao.gov/new.items/d06443r.pdf

To see abstracts of more published studies, visit the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly at http://db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE/index.jsp. For assistance, e-mail CANE at CANE-UD@udel.edu.

Funding Opportunities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Grants for Injury Control Research Centers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the availability of Fiscal Year 2007 funds for grants for Injury Control Research Centers to help expand and advance understanding of fatal and nonfatal injuries and related disabilities, their causes, and prevention strategies.

Technical assistance will be available for potential applicants during one conference call. The conference is scheduled March 30, 2006 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. (Eastern Time). It can be accessed by calling 1-800-475-8401 and entering pass code ATIJANI.

Expected Number of Awards: 6
Award Ceiling: $905,000
Letter of Intent Deadline: August 2, 2006
Application Deadline: September 1, 2006
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2007
Download RFP >> www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/CE07-001.htm

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U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime

Tribal Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Program

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice invites applications for funding to establish, expand, and improve direct service victim assistance programs for federally recognized tribes. OVC is interested in projects that address the needs of unserved and underserved victims, particularly those victimized by crimes such as child abuse, homicide, elder abuse, driving while intoxicated (DWI), and gang violence.

OVC has allocated $3.5 million for this initiative in FY 2006 and anticipates equivalent funding for continuation of these grants in FY 2007 and FY 2008.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2006

Download RFP >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/dakit.htm#tribal

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Training and Technical Assistance to Tribal Victim Assistance Grantees

OVC seeks to fund one organization to provide comprehensive, skills-based training and technical assistance to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit organizations funded under the FY 2006 Tribal Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Program. The award amount in Year 1 is $600,000, with the potential for an additional 2 years of funding.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2006
Grants.Gov Registration Deadline: March 1, 2006
Download RFP >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/dakit.htm#tribal

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Public Awareness in Underserved Communities Grants Available

OVC invites applications for the development of victim-centered public awareness campaigns that are targeted at communities traditionally underserved due to language barriers and/or cultural and social isolation – particularly socially isolated immigrant communities.

Note: OVC is statutorily prevented from funding prevention-based initiatives.

Application Deadline: March 21, 2006
Grants.gov Registration Deadline: March 14, 2006
Download RFP >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/dakit.htm#tribal

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Subaru of Indiana Automotive Foundation

Subaru of Indiana Automotive Foundation invites applications for capital grants from qualifying organizations or entities within Indiana that work to improve the quality of life and help meet the needs of the residents of the state.

SIA Foundation's aim is that funding be used for investments in facilities, equipment, or real estate (non-operation funding).

Application Deadlines: March 31, 2006; September 30, 2006
Funding Level: $1,000–$10,000
Grant Application Instructions >> www.siafoundation.org/guide/guide.htm

Resources for Grant Writers

Calendar/Coming Up

My World, Your
World, Our World
— Free of Elder

World Elder

June 15, 2006

New! Community Guide to Raise World Awareness on Adult Abuse

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse has published a new guide to support communities in their advocacy efforts and raising awareness about elder abuse. It's free and available on the INPEA Web site www.inpea.net/weaad.html.

In a related development, INPEA has announced it will be launching an online World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Calendar of Events. To list your events as official World Awareness Day events contact weaad.info@inpea.net.

The supporters so far of World Awareness Day 2006 include Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Finland, Japan, India, Norway, United States, and United Kingdom.

To learn more, contact Susan Somers, Secretary General, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, weaadnationalcoordinatorinfo@inpea.net .

For news and updates of the latest World Awareness Day developments, see www.inpea.net/.

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2006 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Screensaver

April 23-29 marks the 26th observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. To commemorate this important week and help raise public awareness, the Office for Victims of Crime has released a new series of screensaver images.

Download the screensavers at www.ovc.gov/gallery/screensavers.html#2. There's no charge.

In Brief

A New Resource in the Fight Against Fraud and Exploitation

Advocates fighting financial exploitation of seniors have a new resource to draw on. BITS, a nonprofit, CEO-driven financial services consortium, recently announced the release of its new Fraud Protection Toolkit: Protecting the Elderly and Vulnerable from Financial Fraud and Exploitation.

The BITS Fraud Protection Toolkit is an important addition to the still-growing "fraud prevention" toolbox. Intended as a guide for employee and consumer education, the Toolkit offers specific information that financial institutions can share when communicating with customers.

At a February 16 press briefing announcing the Toolkit, BITS CEO, Catherine A. Allen was quoted saying, "Criminals move quickly, so vigilance is needed every day. Using the information in this new resource from BITS will help protect some of our nation's most vulnerable populations and reinforce our member institutions' daily and 24/7commtiment to safe and secure financial transactions."

"Wachovia Senior Vice President Linda Miller, who had a part in the development of this Toolkit, applauded the effort, saying it is a "step in the right direction" to strengthen awareness.

Joe Snyder, who is president of the National Adult Protective Services Association and has a continuing partnership with Wachovia, pointed out that "there are many examples of collaboration between adult protective services programs and financial institutions throughout the country, but the release of the BITS Toolkit moves the dialogue to a national level."

To learn more about the Toolkit and strategies for working with financial institutions, send an e-mail to Joseph Snyder, Director, Adult Protective Services, Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging jsnyder@pcaphl.org

The publication is available at >> www.bitsinfo.org/downloads/Publications%20Page/bitstoolfeb06.pdf

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PBS to Air Documentary "Almost Home"

On April 4, PBS TV will air "Almost Home," a feature-length documentary film about Saint John's on the Lake, a retirement community/skilled nursing facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, whose leaders are at the front line of the culture change in nursing homes movement.

Produced by Brad Lichtenstein and Lisa Gildhaus in 2005, the 90-minute documentary is powerful in its depiction of "a radically different approach to the care of the elderly."

Local PBS TV station airtimes will be available two weeks prior to broadcast. For more on the film, visit www.almosthomedoc.org.

To view a video clip, go to www.pbs.org/independentlens/almosthome/film.html# and scroll down the home page.

Listen to National Public Radio's All Things Considered interview with St. John's on the Lake administrator John George www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5223419

DVD copies of the Almost Home documentary, including a Spanish sub-titled version of the feature film, are available from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center on Age and Community www.uwm.edu/Dept/ageandcommunity/Resources/products.html

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Canadian Initiative Seeks Solutions for Long Term Care Abuse

The University of Toronto Institute for Life Course and Aging has recently launched a new national initiative to identify emerging promising Canadian practices in elder abuse prevention and intervention.

The project, titled "A Way Forward: Promoting Promising Approaches to Abuse Prevention in Institutional Settings," will provide a national snapshot of the current state of law, policy, and practice, according to a university news release.

The two-year project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. For more information, contact Prof. Lynn McDonald, the project's principal investigator, lynn.mcdonald@utoronto.ca, or Project Coordinator Dana Howse dana.howse@utoronto.ca   http://www.utoronto.ca/lifecourse/

New on the Bookshelf

Building Partnerships

The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published a new guide for faith-based and community organizations that details the process by which groups can build private sector partnerships.

The guide, Maximizing Program Services Through Private Sector Partnerships and Relationships: A Guide for Faith- and Community-Based Service Providers, is available online at www.samhsa.gov/FBCI/fbci_pubs.aspx.

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Mentally Healthy Aging: A Report on Overcoming Stigma for Older Americans

This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recaps some of the key discussions that took place at two roundtables of mental health services consumers, researchers, older adults, media representatives, advocates, and practitioners.

The roundtables were convened in Washington, DC and Los Angeles in 2005 to address research findings on older adults and mental health; manifestations of stigma and discrimination; barriers to eliminating stigma, and strategies to overcome barriers.

The report is available for download from www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/sma05-3988/

Quote of the Month

"Financial exploitation can be devastating to the victim. Compounding the devastation is that the exploitation is often traced to family members, trusted friends, or caregivers. Financial abuse often occurs with the implied acknowledgement and/or consent of the elder person, even when that person is mentally capable, and therefore can be more difficult to detect or prove."

— BITS Fraud Protection Toolkit: Protecting the Elderly and Vulnerable from Fraud and Exploitation, February 2006

Table of Contents

Policy & Legislation

State News

Promising Practices Spotlight

NCEA News & Resources

On the Frontlines

Research & Scholarship

Funding Opportunities

Calendar/Coming Up

In Brief

New on the Bookshelf

Quote of the Month

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