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Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services 2019 Footprint

The ACL Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services (OEJAPS) provides grants to support the development of systems and programs that prevent abuse from happening, protect people from abusive situations, support people who have experienced abuse to help them recover, and preserve and promote their independence, choice, and financial security. Over the years, ACL’s elder justice programs have provided numerous grants to states and communities. Currently, OEJAPS is supporting 60 active grantee projects across five grant programs.

Elder Justice Innovation Grants

Elder Justice Innovation Grants supports the development and advancement of emerging practices to prevent and respond to the abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities. These grants seek to improve the well-being of abuse survivors, study outcomes of Adult Protective Services (APS) interventions, and test promising practices related to APS work.

    • 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.


State Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services

The State Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services program provides funding to states to enhance their APS systems statewide, to include innovations and improvements in practice, services, and data collection and reporting, as well as in their technical ability to interface with ACL's National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS).

Model Approaches Statewide Legal Assistance Systems Grants

Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems grants have supported states in developing and implementing effective approaches for integrating low-cost legal mechanisms into statewide legal/aging service delivery networks to enhance overall service delivery capacity. The projects have created important partnerships and linkages between the legal assistance community and broader community-based aging and elder rights networks. In 2019, this program will transition to the Legal Assistance Enhancement Program.

Regional Pension Counseling Center Grants

Regional Pension Counseling Center projects provide hands-on assistance pursuing pension claims through: handling administrative appeals processes; helping seniors to locate pension plans “lost” as a result of mergers and acquisitions; answering queries about complex plan provisions; and making targeted referrals to other professionals for assistance.

Projects serve individuals, regardless of age or income, who: reside or work in the project’s service region; who worked or resided in the project’s service region while earning a pension, or when married to an individual earning a pension; or who seek pension benefits that are sponsored, administered, trusteed, or otherwise held or distributed by an entity that is or was headquartered or operated within the project’s service region.

Resource Center Grants

OEJAPS provides grants to six Resource Centers which disseminate information to professionals and/or the public; provide technical assistance and training to states; community-based organizations, and professionals; and collaborate on research:

The National Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC)
The National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER)
 The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC)
The National Resource Center On Women And Retirement Planning (NRCWRP)
 Pension Help America (PHA)

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