NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Elder Care



Developing Effective Elder Justice Community Collaborations

Strategic Planning Workbook (May 2011)

By: Mary ALynn Kasunic, M.S., CPM


In 2004, NCPEA initiated a pilot project to promote the development of new local elder abuse prevention networks. NCPEA partnered with the Area Agency on Aging, Region One in Phoenix, Arizona, to develop and implement the “Local Network Development Project.” From 2004 to 2006, the Area Agency conducted surveys of existing local elder abuse prevention coalitions, facilitated 6 national teleconferences, provided on-site training and technical assistance to create 4 new local coalitions, and presented the project at national conferences. The pilot project illustrated the rationale for increased emphasis on the development of local elder abuse prevention coalitions as an effective approach for addressing elder abuse issues at the local level. In response to the project’s success, AoA awarded a grant to NCPEA in 2007 that was renewed annually to continue the project through June 2011 to foster the development of local elder abuse prevention coalitions throughout the U.S.

The Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Editor: Karen Stein, Ph.D 

Associate Editor: Sharon Merriman-Nai, M.C.

The Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect is devoted to the study of the causes, effects, treatment, and prevention of the mistreatment of older people. It is the nation's oldest and most comprehensive source of information on elder abuse and neglect. Intended for researchers, educators, practitioners, and policymakers in the fields of aging, health, mental health, social services, adult protective services, domestic violence, law, and criminal justice, it provides a forum for the discussion of program development, policy initiatives, personal commentary, and scientific investigation about elder abuse and neglect.

Subscriptions to JEAN are available free of charge to NCPEA members.

For more information about JEAN, including subscription prices for individuals and libraries, the content of recent issues, reviews, and to order a free sample copy, visit the Tayor & Francis website at: or click here.

Click here to view the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect brochure/order form.

Call for papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. For more information about submitting a manuscript, contact the editor:

Karen Stein, Ph.D
University of Delaware, School of Public Policy & Administration

Associate Professor

Other Documents

NCPEA has produced manuals, monographs, articles and videos on cutting edge issues in elder abuse prevention. Some were produced for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA. Funded by the Administration on Aging of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, NCEA is the nation's primary resource on elder abuse and neglect.

Some of the materials produced for NCEA are available on NCEA's website. Others are available through the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE), which is operated by NCEA partner the University of Delaware at the rate of $.20 per page. Still others can be purchased through NCPEA.

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Three cases of potential or actual mistreatment are presented and discussed from the perspective of physical and mental health clinicians, social workers, lawyers and clergy. The purpose is to show how the various professions approach the same ethical issues and dilemmas and how ethical practice can be integrated into the multidisciplinary context.


Provides a general introduction to the civil justice system for health and social service professionals; remedies available to elder abuse victims through the civil court system, including tort actions, contract actions, divorce, constructive trusts, eviction, civil protective orders and guardianship; obstacles and challenges; promising practices and resources.



This manual draws from the findings of NCPEA's national survey of multidisciplinary teams to provide guidance to existing teams and groups interesting in starting teams. Four types of teams are described: elder fatality review teams, financial abuse specialist teams (FASTs), rapid response FASTs, and teams with a medical focus. Sample materials, best practices, tips and resources are included.


Although the field of elder abuse prevention has historically focused on abuse in domestic settings, interest in abuse against residents of nursing homes has been rising. The forms of elder abuse found in nursing homes mirror those found in domestic settings; they include homicide, physical and sexual assault, neglect, inappropriate restraint, financial abuse, isolation, verbal threats and intimidation. In addition, nursing home abuse includes institutionalized practices that result in ...

This literature review describes a body of work that applies a "gender- based analysis" to elder abuse. Several explanations are offered for why there have been no systematic attempts to develop a feminist analysis of elder abuse to date.

Findings of a survey conducted by NCPEA and the National Association of Adult Protective Services Administrators for the National Center on Elder Abuse. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam were sent an extensive survey concerning each state's APS program for fiscal year 2000. Information was collected on reports of abuse for elders 60+ as well as vulnerable adults 18-59.

The findings of a national survey to explore the various models of multidisciplinary teams currently in use and their distinguishing features. Elder fatality review teams, financial abuse specialist teams (FASTs), rapid response FASTs, and teams with a medical focus were included in the sample. The survey describes teams' policies and procedures, sponsorship, costs, confidentiality provisions and other key features.


Contains the findings of a survey of 20 elder shelters in US, Canada and Japan. Shelters included rooms in residential care homes, safe homes, apartments in housing for the elderly, designated floors or areas in building that have other functions, and buildings designed as shelters. 

Produced in collaboration with the National Association of Adult Protective Services (NAAPSA), the report draws from the findings of previous surveys and workshops as well as a special session conducted at NAAPSA's 1998 conference.

The findings of a survey conducted to identify support groups designed specifically for older victims of abuse; provide information to assist other communities replicate promising models; and identify factors that contribute to group success.


Written for the Research Digest of the NCEA Exchange newsletter, this article provides an overview of four noted studies that explore the incidence of resident abuse in nursing homes in the U.S. Studies by Pillemer and Moore (1990), Payne and Cikovic (1995), Paton and colleagues (1994) and the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Social Services (1990) are detailed.


Findings of a study to determine the factors that influence the number of elder abuse and neglect case reports to protective services programs. Factors positively associated with higher rates of reporting were more training programs, higher agency service scores, and, surprisingly, a higher percentage of individuals aged sixty and older living alone.


MetLife Mature Market Institute


"The Essentials" Brochure

The MetLife/Mature Market Institute offers a series of downloadable guides

that help to answer common questions regarding healthy living for the elderly. Topics include:

- Preventing Elder Abuse

- Falls and Fall Prevention

- Adult Day Services

- Medicare and Medicaid

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Update

The MOLST Training Center and MOLST web pages in the Professionals, Patients and Families sections on are being updated with new material almost daily.


1. Follow clinical and legal steps outlined in the MOLST Instructions and Legal Requirements Checklists.
2. Document in the medical record; documentation of legal requirements on a supplemental form is NO longer required.
3. The MOLST form travels with the patient.

MOLST Statewide Implementation Team web page will launch soon. It will be housed in the MOLST for Professionals section below the MOLST & FHCDA web page. MOLST Statewide Implementation Team Workgroups are forming and setting up meeting times. Members are welcome. Dates/times will be posted on the new web page.

Please consult for periodic updates. Links to the NYSDOH checklists and newly revised educational resources will be housed in the Featured Topics, along with News and Events sections on the home page of


By Brian W. Lindberg, Charles P. Sabatino, Esq., and Robert B. Blancato (former NCPEA President)

Copyright NAELA Journal, Spring 2011, Volume 7, Issue 1. Used with
permission, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys,

Click here to read the article.


Prepared by:
Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., Weill Cornell Medical Center of Cornell University, and New York City Department for the Aging (NCPEA board member Pat Brownell, Research Consultant)

Click here to read the Report.



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