A county-based E-MDT brings together professionals from a multitude of disciplines and systems to stop elder abuse at the earliest possible juncture. This program is funded in part by New York State Office for the Aging, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime, New York State Office of Victim Services, and Lifespan of Greater Rochester. The primary focus for team members is to identify, investigate, and intervene in cases of elder abuse, restoring safety and security of older adults, and protecting their assets. Together, team members achieve this through coordinated case reviews and tailored responses to each abuse situation.
This Initiative will provide sustainability, expansion, and enhancement of E-MDTs in New York State that will address financial exploitation, physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect by others, as well as other components including technical assistance, program development, and policy support to the E-MDTs.
Membership is based on the unique needs and resources of the individual county. It is important to identify and recruit E-MDT members representing key programs and services within each county.
Key member agencies for each county include:
- Adult Protective Services
- District Attorney’s Office
- Law enforcement
- Office for the Aging
Additional member agencies to consider may include:
- Elder abuse prevention providers
- Civil legal service providers
- Bank/credit unions
- Financial advisors
- Domestic violence service providers
- Welfare fraud investigator
- Veterans Administration
- Department of Social Services
- Elder law attorney
- County Attorney’s Office
- Attorney General’s Office
- Department of Taxation and Finance
Lifespan oversees development of E-MDTs in Upstate NY. The New York City Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC) oversees E-MDT development in New York City. Action for Older Persons runs the E-MDTs in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga Counties.