NCPEA, through the
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
From 2004-2011, in addition to supporting the development of awarded coalitions, NCPEA, through our contract with the National Center
on Elder Abuse (NCEA), provided technical assistance to state agencies and AAAs to promote the widespread development, implementation, and sustainability of new or existing local and state elder abuse networks.
Beginning in September 2011, As a subgrantee within the new NCEA, NCPEA identifies and documents the work of elder abuse/elder justice coalitions, networks and partnerships nationwide and provide materials to enhance coalition-building around elder abuse.
NCPEA’s Coalition Initiative
Because NCPEA is a membership organization, we also support coalitions who join NCPEA in the COALITION MEMBERSHIP category. Any local or state elder abuse/elder justice coalition is welcome to join NCPEA as a Coalition Member. Coalition Member benefits include access to an online space for facilitated dialogue and exchange, provision of at least one webinar per year on topics of interest, and opportunities to collaborate nationally with a network of coalitions, as well as other NCPEA members, on shared concerns and action. Coalition representatives can also join NCPEA committees to connect with national efforts around education, public policy and research; obtain NCPEA discounts on JEAN, Terra Nova Films, and other educational events and materials.
Initiative ended in 2010.
The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) has developed 48 local coalitions since 2004 as partner in the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). Early networks were supported with technical assistance. Since 2008, groups were awarded competitive $10,000 NCEA mini-grants to establish community-based, multidisciplinary coalitions to enhance elder abuse awareness, prevention, and intervention.
The following networks, which serve geographically and culturally diverse regions throughout the U.S., were selected to receive funding:
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- Central Council Tlingit Haida (Juneau, AK)
The Central Council Tlingit Haida foresees this project as an opportunity to develop new ways to provide outreach, advocacy, community education, and training to address the issues of elder abuse among the Alaska Native Elder population in southeast Alaska. The Council expects to develop their currently informal network of partners into a formal coalition, increase community awareness, and strengthen support and advocacy services available to Native Elders. The Council anticipates the following outcomes: an increased number of Native Elders receiving immediate access to services as a result of a quick response referral system; an increased number of Native Elders receiving access to an array of support services and culturally based prevention programs and events; and an increased number of Native Elders receiving access to culturally appropriate specialized services, such as legal and medical services, related to specific elder abuse issues.
- Council on Aging of Etowah County (Gadsden, AL) In area, Etowah County is the smallest county in Alabama, but it is second only to Jefferson County, Alabama, in the annual number of adult abuse and neglect reports. The Council sees low public awareness, lack of formal training of professionals on detecting or handling elder abuse cases, and lack of collaboration among individuals and organizations as the primary obstacles to effectively addressing elder abuse issues in Etowah County. The Council proposes the following outcomes: conducting a public awareness campaign, to include summit meetings, distribution of materials, and a webpage dedicated to elder abuse and neglect; and holding two speaking events, one with a regional or national speaker and one made up of individuals within the county or from surrounding counties who have direct and indirect experience handling elder abuse cases.
- Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (Phoenix, AZ)
MEAPA® is an organization that promotes public awareness, education, and community outreach for the prevention of Elder Abuse and Late-Life Domestic Violence. The organization has a no-cost membership which includes bi-monthly meetings with guest speakers, sub-committees and program reports, and networking opportunities.
- Prevention of Elder Abuse Coalition (Cottonwood, AZ)
PEAC is a consortium of individuals, government agencies and businesses committed to preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation among the elderly. We believe older residents of Yavapai County Arizona deserve a life free from harm, a community where they feel safe, encouraged and valued. Underlying our efforts is a deep and abiding respect for the elderly. To that end, the coalition educates and trains businesses, community organizations and the general public on: how to recognize the signs of elder abuse, what to do once it is detected, and how to prevent it from happening. We meet monthly for networking and education; encouraging others to become a community sentinel, to become involved, and to speak up if there are concerns.
- Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging (Prescott, AZ) will be the lead agency for an elder abuse prevention coalition for Yavapai County, a largely rural area in northern Arizona. Their project will focus on development of a new coalition that will train community members likely to encounter elder adults such as utility workers, mail and newspaper delivery personnel, and home-delivered meals volunteers about recognizing and reporting signs of elder abuse; train first responders to recognize and respond to signs of abuse; develop interagency protocols to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery; and provide information and education to older adults about the various forms of elder abuse.
- DNA People’s Legal Services (Window Rock, AZ) is a non-profit organization that provides free civil legal services and education on the Navajo Nation and surrounding counties in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Project outcomes include giving presentations about elder abuse at chapters and senior centers; and developing brochures, posters, radio public service announcements, and newspaper articles about elder abuse to disseminate throughout the Navajo Nation. All oral outreach materials will be presented in both English and Navajo languages.
- Advocacy, Prevention, Intervention & Support for Asian & Pacific Islander Seniors (Los Angeles, CA)
The Asian & Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force is comprised of fourty-eight (48) community-based corporations and human expert services firms which usually offer culturally appropriate packages and expertise to the Asian along with Pacific Islander seniors throughout LA County. It serves as the lead agency for their newly formed coalition named "Advocacy, Prevention, Intervention & Support for Asian & Pacific Islander Seniors."
- Heritage Clinic and the Community Assistance Program for Seniors: The Center for Aging Resources (Pasadena, CA) anticipates creating a coalition of social service professionals, law enforcement, court officials and others, along with community entities that often encounter elders, e.g., postal workers, bank tellers, church staff and housing officials. This project will focus on increasing awareness of how to recognize and respond to elder abuse, improve interdisciplinary collaboration among coalition members, and increase outreach efforts to at-risk or victimized elders.
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department (Yreka, CA)
Siskiyou County is located in inland northern California, adjacent to the Oregon border. Siskiyou is the 5th largest county by area, comprised of 6,347 square miles, but has a population of just 45,900 people. Siskiyou County is a rural area with sparse and limited resources to serve elders.
Proposed activities/outcomes revolve around two primary focus areas: 1) developing a multi-disciplinary team that includes, among others, members of the Sheriff’s Department and Adult Protective Services to establish policies and procedures among all agencies involved and review elder abuse cases; and 2) pursuing a public awareness campaign, addressing mandated reporters, crime awareness, in-home health provider training, and fraud and scam awareness for elders.
- West San Gabriel Valley Elder Abuse Coalition (Pasadena, CA)
The West San Gabriel Valley Elder Abuse Coalition exists to foster communication and collaboration among professionals in a variety of disciplines for the benefit of the vulnerable elders whom they serve. Monthly meetings provide a confidential forum to discuss challenging elder abuse situations and receive feedback regarding intervention strategies from a multidisciplinary team, including mental health professionals, local Adult Protective Services social workers, healthcare workers, lawyers, professional fiduciaries, and many others. Additionally, regular presentations are offered that enhance coalition members’ ability to identify and intervene in situations of elder abuse.
- San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (Pagosa Springs, CO)
The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging serves 5 counties in the southwestern corner of Colorado. All of the counties have large rural populations. Proposed activities/outcomes involve not only developing a strong and committed coalition of community partners, but also pursuing activities that would position the coalition to serve as a primary source of information about elder abuse for providers in the region. They will create a website with an on-line catalog of services available and develop strategies to improve communication between community agencies and organizations.
- Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (Bridgeport, CT) serves six communities that make up the Greater Bridgeport area. It is the lead agency for the newly created Coalition for the Advocacy, Prevention and Elimination of Older Adult Abuse in Greater Bridgeport, CT (CAPE), whose slogan is “Elder Abuse is Preventable.” The 76-member coalition formed three committees—Advocacy, Awareness and Case Conferencing. Advocacy efforts have promoted a legislative agenda that addresses gaps in the area of elder abuse. Education and awareness activities included library displays, local presentations, and marketing efforts, such as brochures, billboards, bookmarks and a financial abuse prevention initiative with a local bank. The coalition sponsored an event titled “When Clients are Caregivers.” It has also developed an infrastructure to coordinate information and resources among aging services providers and other appropriate community services.
- Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership (LEAPP) is an elder justice coalition serving Lee County, Florida. LEAPP is a coalition among Lee County, Florida human service providers and agencies.
Vision: To promote a Lee County community where older adults live safe, valued, and dignified lives.
Mission: To create community partnerships that effectively promote awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
LEAPP members collaborate to provide services, advocacy, and support for older adults. The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center oversees funding for LEAPP. For information about LEAPP, call United Way of Lee, Hendry & Glades by dialing 211 in Lee County or 239-433-3900.
- Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (Gainesville, FL) is the Area Agency on Aging, providing information on programs that can help older people remain active and independent. The Agency also serves as a clearinghouse of information to people of all ages connecting them with information and resources for a variety of long term care needs and aging issues. It started the " Citrus Alliance Against Adult Abuse (C4A)" coalition.
- Coastal Georgia RDC Area Agency on Aging (Brunswick, GA) serves the 9-county region along Georgia’s Atlantic seaboard. Activities they plan to pursue as a result of this grant include developing a coordinated information campaign about elder abuse, creating a Speakers Bureau, and providing training for local law enforcement and other mandatory reporters.
- Southern Crescent Coalition Against Abuse & Neglect (Franklin, GA)
SCCAAN stands for: Southern Crescent Coalition Against Abuse and Neglect. The group is an Elder Justice Coalition created to promote awareness of Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation. SCCAAN is made up of a multitude of agencies working together to raise awareness through ‘combined and coordinated individual’ efforts.
- The Idaho Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (Boise, ID) serves as a convener of diverse stakeholders who share the vision and mission of the alliance. This action of bringing stakeholders together in an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas and information creates synergy and serves as a catalyst for change. Evidence of this synergy includes the development of the Idaho Legal Guidebook for Seniors, delivery of statewide training on elder abuse for law enforcement professionals, development of a JAVA website, and sponsorship of bi-monthly meetings and an annual JAVA Summit.
JAVA, established in 2010 with support from the National Committee on Elder Abuse, is housed in the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State University. The activities of the alliance are supported by in-kind resources provided of members and a part-time coordinator. More information about JAVA can be found at javaidaho.org.
- Suburban Elder Justice Coalition (Oak Park, IL)
(the coalition is now defunct)
- Gateway Area Development District Area Agency on Aging (Morehead, KY) is the Area Agency on Aging serving 5 counties in eastern Kentucky. Gateway brought together 23 people to form the Gateway Regional Elder Abuse Task Force, which adopted the slogan “Respecting Gateway’s Vulnerable Adults.” They formed three committees—Public Awareness, Website, and Budget. Coalition activities focused on raising public awareness about elder abuse. They developed and distributed hand-held fans, magnifying glasses, dry erase boards, canvas tote bags and elder abuse lapel pins to churches and community organizations and at health fairs. Coalition members participated in the Kentucky Elder Abuse Awareness Rally in June 2008. They also created a website to increase awareness and provide links to resources and services.
- St. Tammany SALT Council (Mandeville, LA), The St. Tammany SALT Council is a non-profit Louisiana Corporatio. The mission of the Council is to work with the Public Safety agencies to improve the safety and security of Senior Citizens residing in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The Council has created the "St. Tammany Elder Abuse Support Team" coalition.
- Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center (Upper Marlboro, MD) serves Maryland's victims from three offices, in Prince George's County, in Baltimore City, and in Washington D.C. and has diversified its services to include criminal justice education, court accompaniment, therapeutic counseling, support groups, community education, prevention education, legal information and assistance, direct legal representation, policy advocacy, technical assistance for allied professionals and criminal justice agencies, and faith-based referrals. They have created the "Protect Elders Against Crime and Exploitation" coalition.
- Baltimore County Department of Aging (Towson, MD).The mission of the Baltimore County Department of Aging is to develop and administer programs and activities that support Baltimore County senior citizens in their efforts to remain healthy, active, and independent members of the community and to provide, coordinate, and advocate for services which ensure the highest quality of life for both active and health-impaired seniors, their families, and caregivers. They established the "Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST)" coalition.
- Protect Elders Against Crime and Exploitation: PEACE Coalition
The PEACE Coalition represents over 50 professionals from diverse fields--all working to increase public awareness, educate professionals who come into contact with seniors, & advocate for policies to protect Maryland seniors. The mission of PEACE is to collaboratively strengthen and expand partnerships through a coordinated effort to reduce and respond to abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults
- Elder Justice Network of Greater North Shore (Lynn, MA) has a history of projects in the area of violence against women. Their proposal identified the benefits of establishing an elder justice community collaboration that expands the focus beyond domestic violence. GLSS plans to increase community stakeholders’ awareness and knowledge of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation through training, education and outreach. They will develop sustainable, action-oriented network strategies for dealing with the detection, prevention and eradication of elder abuse.
- Bristol Elder Services (Fall River, MA), the designated Area Agency on Aging for 15 southeastern Massachusetts communities, led the formation of the Southeastern Alliance for Elders (SAFE). With a slogan of “Taking Notice – Taking Action – Keeping Our Elders Safe,” the new 53-member coalition formed three committees—Education, Outreach to Mandated Reporters, and Sustaining Membership/Fundraising. The coalition conducted an outreach campaign at World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in June 2008. Other activities included newspaper, newsletter and journal articles, radio interviews, press releases, and postings on coalition member websites. Educational materials were developed, including flyers, posters targeting elders and the community at large, an elder abuse fact sheet for mandated reporters to aid in identifying and reporting elder abuse, and a pocket-sized reporting card for law enforcement and other first responders to promote reporting.
- Area Agency on Aging 1-B (Southfield, MI) is a regional coordinating body for the aging network in six southeast Michigan counties. Efforts will focus on increasing public awareness of the issues of elder abuse and exploitation; equipping older adults to deal with issues of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse; and more effective reporting of crimes involving elder abuse.
- Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Sault St. Marie, MI), a tribal government, provides services to a 7-county service area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are the lead agency for the Elder/Adult Protection Community Collaboration. The coalition’s 29 members have formed a Public Awareness committee and have adopted the slogan “There is no age limit to abuse.” Due to the efforts of the newly created coalition, the Adult Protection Act was adopted into tribal law on June 3, 2008, after 5 years of failed attempts by individual organizations. They held two community awareness events, and two staff attended state certified training on adult protective services investigations. The coalition also developed public service announcements, brochures, community presentations and promotional items (magnets, pens and flyers) to be used to raise public awareness.
- SAVE Task Force for Livingston County (Livingston County, MI)
To increase awareness of elder abuse throughout Livingston County, to improve the response to incidents of elder abuse by the appropriate agencies. To develop strategies to prevent elder abuse, and to promote coordination of services for abused, neglects and exploited vulnerable adults.
- Otter Tail County Department of Community Services (Fergus Falls, MN) serves Otter Tail County, a rural county of 58,000 people spread over 2,232 square miles in Minnesota where 20% of the population is over 65. This is the lead agency for the Otter Tail Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (OTAVA). “Connect to Protect” is the coalition’s slogan. The coalition has 21 members and four committees—Advocacy, Multi-Disciplinary Team, Education/Resource, and Website. The new coalition created two multi-disciplinary case consultation teams to cover their large geographic area. Education and awareness activities included distributing cloth shopping bags containing contact information at senior centers and health fairs, and they developed and distributed brochures, bookmarks and posters. Efforts are underway to educate professionals and consumers on alternatives to guardianship and the guardianship process. A website is also being developed.
Allegan County Department of Senior Services (Allegan, MI)
Allegan County is a largely rural county in the southern peninsula of Michigan. ACDSS envisions the coalition as creating a “no wrong door” approach within its membership, so that no matter where older adults present themselves, assistance and support is accessible. Proposed activities/outcomes include: development of a web-based, anonymous reporting and referral system for gatekeepers and community members to report suspected elder abuse; development of a Powerpoint presentation and outreach materials to be used and disseminated by coalition members in each of their communities; and development of a county-wide conference with separate educational tracks for gatekeeper professionals and consumers.
HOPE Coalition (Red Wing, MN)
HOPE Coalition is an agency that addresses a number of social service issues in Goodhue County, MN. They have a diverse collection of agency and community partners assembled to participate in the new coalition, including representatives from the Prairie Island Indian Community and Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County. In addition to establishing a strong, committed coalition of individuals and organizations, HOPE proposes developing a brochure of local services for older adults related to elder abuse and distributing at least 1,000 copies throughout the county during the grant period.
- Big Sky Senior Services, Inc. (Browning, MT), offers comprehensive support services to help elders and developmentally disabled adults maintain their independence and quality of life by providing homemaking, case management or daily phone support. They started the "Partnerships for Elder Protection" coalition.
- Eagle Shield Senior Center (Browning, MT) is located on the Blackfeet Reservation. Their 30-member coalition includes three additional reservation communities. The grant supported the opportunity for coalition members to share elder abuse codes among the various tribal communities. They also shared culturally congruent models for addressing elder abuse from Tribes outside the state of Montana, as well as information about Montana State’s reporting system for elder abuse. They are in the process of securing someone to adapt the Montana reporting system for the Blackfeet Tribe. They also conducted advocacy and awareness activities about the importance of funding for an APS worker on each reservation.
- Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (Gardnerville, NV) straddles two states, creating many layers of government and causing many challenges to coordination of services. The Tribe has successfully developed relationships and protocols with local and state entities to enhance cooperation and effectiveness in combating substance abuse and the neglect and abuse of children. The project will focus on enabling this uniquely located Tribe to spearhead the development of an effective elder justice network of key representatives and organizations serving this tribal population. Activities will include development of a resource guide, awareness posters and magnets to aid in outreach and education about elder abuse.
- New York City Elder Abuse Network (New York, NY)
New York City Elder Abuse Network (NYCEAN) was already in formation when it received training in June 2006 by NCPEA, in the pilot project for the elder justice community coalitions. The mission of NYCEAN is to strengthen partnerships to promote advocacy, education and services to prevent and address elder mistreatment. NYCEAN’s objectives are: to provide leadership as a citywide voice for victims of elder abuse, develop a strong network of shared resources and support that encourages discussion, problem solving and information sharing to enhance service delivery and coordination, advocate for increased development of services for victims of elder abuse, and review new legislation and advocate for legislative changes that affect victims of elder abuse. Membership is open to any organization, agency and/or entity whose members are committed to NYCEAN's mission and are interested or engaged in legislation, funding, research, policy, development, administration, program planning, service delivery, education, training, and advocacy concerning the abuse or neglect of older person. The coalition structure includes Co-chairs, an Executive Committee and Chairs for four Committees: Advocacy, Legislative Issues, Speaker's Bureau & Elder Abuse Resource List Committee ,and Membership and Outreach.
- Indochina Sino-American Community Center (New York, NY) serves the needs of a unique, special population of first-generation-in-the-U.S. Chinese elders. Among its proposed outcomes is the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials and responses to elder abuse for this target population.
(the coalition was disbanded in 2012)
- Cape Fear Elder Abuse Prevention Network (Wilmington, NC)
- High Country Area Agency on Aging (Boone, NC) administers and advocates for the development of a comprehensive service delivery system to meet short and long-term needs of the elderly in this region of North Carolina. The Agency is responsible for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, that ensures the rights of residents in nursing and adult care homes, through coordination with county based committees. They started a two coalitions: the "Mitchell Adult Safety Coalition" and "Yancey for Vulnerable Adults."
Triangle J Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging (Research Triangle Park, NC)
Triangle J Council of Governments’ AAA plans to focus its coalition development primarily in Wake and Durham Counties, from their 7-county region. Activities to be accomplished during the grant period include development and solidification of a coalition in Wake County, and then taking the beginning steps to develop a coalition in Durham County, building on the template from the Wake County coalition. Anticipated outcomes for Wake County include development of a method of gathering better incident data; implementation of agency cross-training; development of community outreach/education plan, including a website and brochure; and development of a “one-stop” information source (e.g. number to call).
- Wake County Elder Abuse Task Force
The Wake County Elder Abuse Task Force was created to educate and inform elderly and at risk adults in County about issues related to abuse. The task force is composed of individuals representing various agencies, organizations, churches, law enforcement, financial institutions, colleges, but most importantly, concerned citizens. Our mission is to identify and reduce abuse of older and at-risk adults in our communities through collaborative partnership, education and empowerment. One of our main goals is to promote public awareness about elder abuse and its effect on vulnerable adults. partners and court-mandated reporters.
- West Central Human Service Center, Aging Services Unit (Bismarck, ND) is responsible for services to the older adult population in the 10-county, mostly rural catchment area of North Dakota. Their service area includes the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. They plan to increase awareness of services available through a more comprehensive delivery of information to professional and lay persons, create links and improve coordination of resources, provide training/education about advance directives, and promote a liaison with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Elder Protection Team.
- Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services Dayton, OH
Montgomery County Job and Family Services' Senior Services Office spearheaded an effort to create a multi-disciplinary team centered on Elder Abuse. As a result, the Collaboration Against Abuse Neglect and Exploitation (C.A.A.N.E.) committee was formed in 2009 and continues to flourish today. The mission of C.A.A.N.E. is to develop collaborative partnerships to prevent and eliminate elder abuse, neglect and exploitation of older and vulnerable adults through comprehensive and effective education, advocacy, intervention and services. Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services (Dayton, OH) has a mission statement of "protecting children and the elderly, strengthening families and individuals, and providing opportunities through coordinated services for the residents of Montgomery County." They created the "Collaboration Against Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation" coalition.
- Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE) is a community-based team of more than 30 organizations in Lucas County, Ohio committed to addressing abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders through enhanced collaboration and coordination of community resources. COPE activities include 1) meetings of an Interdisciplinary Team and periodic emails to provide collaboration among COPE members in providing assistance in problem solving, and identifying resources and services for difficult cases involving elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation; 2) advocacy ; 3) education and outreach; and 4) ad hoc activities, such as a financial exploitation prevention committee.
- PSA 3 Agency on Aging, Inc. (Lima, OH) serves a 7-county area in west central Ohio. The Agency took the lead in the formation of a new coalition called Reach. React. Respond to Elder Abuse. The coalition has adopted three slogans: “United for Elders. Keep Them Safe,” “Seniors Deserve to Be Safe,” and “We Care – We Protect.” Three committees—Public and Professional Education, Fundraising, and Advocacy—were formed by the coalition’s 43 members. Work has begun on a consumer survey among community organizations and agencies to create a comprehensive list of resources available. Posters, T-shirts bookmarks and flyers were created to promote the coalition and raise awareness about elder abuse. Trainings and presentations are being conducted for home health professionals, bank tellers, and Bar Association members.
- Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Against Elder Abuse (Warm Springs, OR)
- Upper Cumberland Adult Abuse Coalition (Cookeville, TN)
The UCAAC meets bi-monthly to prevent abuse, including neglect and exploitation to at-risk adults through networking, community resource development, awareness, advocacy and education. This year, the coalition will host its 4th annual U.C. Vulnerable Adult Summit. The area of focus for this year's event is financial exploitation. The event draws 125 attendees representing a variety of professions in the areas of law enforcement, medical, social, behavioral, government, financial institutions, legal, as well as caregivers and other community members.
- Lena Mae Farris Foundation (Washington, TX) serves seniors and adults with disabilities in the Brazos Valley, a 7-county area in central Texas. The foundation is the lead agency for a new 23-member Coalition for Vulnerable Adults in Brazos Valley (CVA in BV). The coalition has two slogans: “Helping Those Who Need Us Most” and “Connecting to Vulnerable Adults.” Through the work of their two committees—Advocacy and Education—they developed an elder abuse public awareness program to be used at senior centers throughout the 7 counties. They also developed a more extensive presentation that can be used for Continuing Education Units for social work professionals. The coalition developed and distributed an Elder Rights handout at the “Senior” Prom in one of the towns served in Brazos Valley, and printed 4,000 awareness brochures for distribution through the regional home-delivered meals programs and through coalition member organizations.
- Northeast Kingdom Vulnerable Adult Action Coalition
(St. Johnsbury, VT)
The Northeast Kingdom Vulnerable Adult Action Coalition (NEKVAAC) is made up of a team of local law enforcement, social service and health care providers dedicated to insuring the safety and well-being of vulnerable adults.
- New River Valley Agency on Aging (Pulaski, VA) will bring together a strong team of representatives from financial institutions, primary care physicians, faith-based institutions and domestic violence programs to address the many components of elder abuse. They foresee the coalition as strengthening community-based efforts to bring together entities who have day-to-day contact with the aging population as a means to solidify a more unified response to elder abuse. They will develop education and outreach materials, provide elder abuse community education trainings, and develop a screening tool for physicians to use with their patients to determine the presence of elder abuse or neglect.
Blue Ridge Legal Services (Harrisonburg, VA)
Blue Ridge Legal Services plans to establish an elder justice coalition to serve Augusta County, located in the rural southern Shenandoah Valley. Proposed activities and outcomes include a day-long training for law enforcement and prosecutors, at least three community education trainings, creation and distribution of elder abuse informational materials, and contact with local media about the new coalition and elder abuse issues.
- Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (Mount Vernon, WA) Skagit DV&SA Services is the recognized provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Skagit County. They provide confidential assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, rape, child sexual abuse, stalking, elder abuse, sexual assault and sexual harassment. They created the "Skagit Elder Alliance" coalition.
- Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe (Hayward, WI), as described on their website: "We, the Anishinabeg, the people of Odahwah Zaaga'iganing, the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe, will sustain our heritage, preserving our past, strengthing our present, and embracing our future. We will defend our inherent sovereign rights and safeguard Mother Earth. We will provide for the educational, health, social welfare, and economic stability of the present and future generations." They are responsible for the "Native American Protection Alliance of Lac Courte Oreilles" coalition.