American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging is collaborating with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), to expand and enhance state Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS). The collaborative effort seeks to improve the ability of state and local guardianship systems to develop protections less restrictive than guardianship and advance guardianship reforms.
Benjamin Rose Institute is partnering with Texas’ APS system and the WellMed Charitable Foundation to screen individuals in the community and identify individuals potentially at-risk of self-neglect. These individuals are assigned a social worker to coordinate wrap-around supportive services with the goal of preventing self-neglect. The initiative builds on the successes and lessons learned from WellMed’s 2012-2015 Elder Abuse Prevention grant project.
National Adult Protective Service Association collaborated with various agencies to conduct a five pronged approach to examine self-neglect. The project sought to improve the understanding of people who self-neglect by identifying characteristics of self-neglecting individuals, factors related to etiology and primary and secondary prevention, triggers, factors correlated with willingness or lack thereof to use services to reduce self-neglect, biological and psychosocial components of self-neglect, and impact of self-neglect on affected individuals. They also identified promising approaches to prevent and ameliorate self-neglect and its recurrence. This project produced a literature review and a state-by-state review of APS policies, practices, and tools. Final Report: "Self-Neglect Knowledge, Policy, Practice & Research: Realities & Needs"
Rutgers University, in conjunction with key stakeholders and social service agencies, is leveraging and expanding on existing research to improve the prediction of elder self–neglect. They are creating a predictive index of self-neglect onset in diverse communities and examining the racial/ethnic differences among several cohorts.
Stark County Probate Court is partnering with Adult Protective Services to develop the Stark County Eldercaring Coordination Program. The program provides conflict mediation assistance to elders and families, expands its Court’s Guardianship Visitor Program through partnerships with other court systems, and evaluates support systems to eliminate the need for guardianship.
University of North Dakota is providing mini-grants to American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Villages, and Hawaiian Homesteads to support increased awareness, elder abuse policy development, and infrastructure building for reporting, investigation, and intervention to support indigenous elders. UND is collecting data on the prevalence of elder abuse in the Tribal community using a tribally-based participatory model.
University of Southern California is producing new information on the Elder Abuse Forensic Center (EAFC) model to guide future decision-making about implementation of the model. This grantee is facilitating replication as well as understanding of the model’s components, functions and outcomes. The grant's goal is to collect relevant information on the EAFC model that can be used by all.
Volunteers of America Minnesota is developing and establishing a replicable statewide model based on supported decision-making to provide alternatives to guardianship and conservatorship in Minnesota. Minnesota is establishing a Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making to provide training and services including guardianship mediation and other diversion programs utilizing the model.