May 2007 | Volume 9 | No. 7

Policy & Legislation

Elder Justice Watch

The proposed Elder Justice Act of 2007 (S.2010/H.R.1783), introduced recently by Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), now has 52 House co-sponsors and 8 Senate co-sponsors. Similar to other bills proposed in the past, the legislation continues to attract bipartisan support. In the last month, H.R. 1783 gained 28 new co-sponsors. In the Senate, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME) are the latest co-sponsors for S. 2010.

To educate others about the issues, the Elder Justice Coalition testified May 11th at a briefing on Capitol Hill, called for by Rep. Emanuel. In addition to Coalition spokesman Robert Blancato, speakers at the briefing included Janet Wells of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, Brian Lindberg of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, and Kathleen Quinn of the National Adult Protective Services Association.

The Senate and House bills, as we reported in April, have virtually identical provisions. The House version varies from the Senate's in directing a grant making role to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice.

More Information

The Elder Justice Coalition serves as the primary point-of-contact with Congress for elder justice issues. For updates, call (202) 782-4140 or e-mail [email protected]. On the Web at www.elderjusticecoalition.com/

2007 Elder Justice Act co-sponsors as of May 25, 2007

The following is a list of the Elder Justice Act's current co-sponsors. In all, 25 of the 50 states are represented. Visit THOMAS (Library of Congress) for updates.

Arizona Kentucky Rep. Michael R. McNulty
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva Rep. Ben Chandler Rep. Charles B. Rangel
Arkansas Rep. John A Yarmuth Rep. Louise M. Slaughter
Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln,
Introducing co-sponsor
Maine Ohio
California Sen. Susan M. Collins Sen. Sherrod Brown
Rep. Susan A. Davis Rep Michael H. Michaud Rep. Marcy Kaptur
Rep. Bob Filner Maryland Rep. Tim Ryan
Rep. Jerry McNerney Rep. Albert R. Wynn Rep. Zack Space
Rep. George Miller Rep. John P. Sarbanes Rep. Betty Sutton
Connecticut Massachusetts Rep. Charles Wilson
Sen. Christopher Dodd Rep. William D. Delahunt Oregon
Rep. Christopher S. Murphy Minnesota Sen. Gordon H. Smith,
Introducing co-sponsor
Florida Rep. Jim Ramstad Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Rep. Ron Klein Missouri Rep. David Wu
Rep. Tim Mahoney Sen. Christopher S. "Kit" Bond Pennsylvania
Rep. Debbie Schultz Wasserman New Hampshire Sen. Arlen Specter
Illinois Rep. Carol Shea-Porter Rep. Patrick J. Murphy
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Sponsor New Jersey Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz
Rep. Danny K. Davis Rep. Albio Sires Rep. Joe Sestak
Rep. Phil Hare New York Rhode Island
Rep. Bobby L. Rush Sen. H. Rodham Clinton Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy
Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky Rep. Michael A. Arcuri Texas
Indiana Rep. Timothy H. Bishop Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Rep. Joe Donnelly Rep. Kirsten E. Gillibrand Rep. Nick Lampson
Rep. Brad Ellsworth Rep. John J. Hall Utah
Iowa Rep. Steve Israel Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Sponsor
Rep. Bruce Braley Rep. Peter T. King,
Introducing Co-sponsor
Wisconsin
Kansas Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney Sen. Herb Kohl,
Introducing co-sponsor
Rep. Nancy Boyda Rep. John M. McHugh

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Senate Holds Hearing on Nursing Home Reform Act

On May 2, 2007, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing titled "The Nursing Home Reform Act Turns Twenty: What Has Been Accomplished, and What Challenges Remain?"

In his opening statement, Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) reaffirmed the Committee's commitment to closely scrutinize the quality of nursing home care.

Witnesses at the hearing included:

  • Kathryn G. Allen, Director of Health Care at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC
  • James Randolph Farris, MD, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Dallas, Texas
  • Charlene Harrington, PhD, RN, Professor, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • Alice H. Hedt, Executive Director, National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
  • Mary Ousley, RN, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Past Chair, American Health Care Association
  • Orlene Christie, Director, Legislative and Statutory Compliance Office, Michigan Department of Community Health

The hearing was scheduled to coincide with the April release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report titled "Nursing Homes: Efforts to Strengthen Federal Enforcement Have Not Deterred Some Homes from Repeatedly Harming Residents." The new GAO report was requested by the Senate Finance Committee.

According to the GAO report, "In 2006, one in five nursing homes nationwide was cited for serious deficiencies." GAO defines serious deficiencies as those "that cause actual harm or place residents in immediate jeopardy."

In her testimony, Charlene Harrington, PhD, a former director of the California Department of Licensing and Certification, told the Senate Special Committee on Aging: "Nursing home quality rests entirely in the hands of nurses, nursing assistants, and other providers who deliver formal care and assistance." Noting that "persistent quality problems…continue to shock and dismay us," she also said "turnover rates, wages, and benefits must be improved to address nursing home quality."

Mary Ousley's testimony reiterated Harrington's stand related to long term care staffing, and urged "Congress to consider the major problem of the workforce in 2007."

Orlene Christie, who oversees Michigan's online Workforce Background Check system, relayed that Michigan's program has so far "stopped more than 3,000 people with criminal histories" from working on the front lines of long term care "due to information found on state lists such as ICHAT (U.S. HHS Exclusion List), OIG exclusion list, the nurse aid registry, the sex offender registry, the offender tracking system, and the FBI list." Launched in 2004 with a $3.5 million grant from CMS, 98,625 applicants had been screened as of April 2006, Christie said.

GAO's recommendations to CMS include: 1) developing an administrative process for collecting civil monetary penalties more expeditiously; 2) strengthening its immediate sanctions policy; 3) expanding oversight of homes with a history of harming residents; and 4) improving the effectiveness of its enforcement data systems.

– Special thanks to Mark Miller, Senior Program Associate for Elder Rights, National Association of State Units on Aging, (202) 898-2578, [email protected] for contributing to this report.

More information

Click here to view the hearing and read the witness statements >> http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=273465&

Read the full GAO report and findings >> www.gao.gov/new.items/d07241.pdf


State News: Legislative & Regulatory

California Bill Proposes Home Care Licensing

The California State Assembly is considering a bill to license and regulate home care services for the elderly, frail, and persons with disabilities. Among many other things, this bill, titled the Home Care Licensing Act of 2007, would require the Department of Social Services to establish procedures for receiving, investigating, and resolving complaints against home care services providers. Additionally, it would require the Department of Social Services to make available on their Web site a list of licensed home care providers.

Status: In committee; referred to appropriations. Last Action 5/16/07.
AB 853 Bill Text >> www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_853&sess=CUR&house=B&author=jones

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Hawaii Moves to Crack Down on Financial Abuse and Fraud

Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii signed into law on May 24 two new bills to help protect seniors from financial abuse, economic exploitation, and investor fraud. Act 94 Relating to Financial Abuse (SB1400 SD2 HD3 CD1) amends existing law to require financial institutions in Hawaii to promptly report suspected incidents of financial abuse to the Department of Human Services by telephone and by written report within 5 business days. In cases where the Department does not have jurisdiction, provision is also made for mandatory reporting to local law enforcement. The new law takes effect immediately.

Act 95 Enhanced Penalties for Securities Violations Against Elders (HB1306 HD2 SD1) allows the state securities regulator and courts to impose additional fines of up to $50,000 for securities violations causing harm to seniors aged 62+. The new law takes effect July 1, 2007.

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Louisiana Attorney General Forms a Statewide Taskforce on Elder Financial Abuse

Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. announced this month the formation of a state Elder Financial Abuse Task Force and launch of a jointly sponsored elder abuse awareness campaign with the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs, Elderly Protective Services.

"The Elder Financial Abuse Task Force will work to increase awareness about elder financial exploitation; create a unified reporting system within Louisiana's financial institutions; and implement stronger elder financial exploitation legislation," according to the release.

Task force members include the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs; Elderly Protective Services; Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions; Area Agencies on Aging; Louisiana Bankers Association; statewide Elder Law Task Force; Elderly Crime Victims Assistance Program; Louisiana Nursing Home Association; Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police; HomeCare Association of Louisiana; AARP-Louisiana; and other state agencies.

More information >> www.ag.state.la.us/ViewPressRel.aspx?RelID=514

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Maine Governor Signs Elder Financial Exploitation Law

Governor John Baldacci on May 11 signed into law a bill allowing banks and credit unions to disclose financial records to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services when "there is reasonable cause to suspect that an incapacitated or dependent adult has been or is at substantial risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation."

The enacted law is titled, "An Act to Facilitate Reporting by Maine Financial Institutions of Elder Financial Exploitation."

Read full text of legislation >> LD 1428 (HP 1002) http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/billtextsearch.asp

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Massachusetts Financial Specialists Must Prove Their Credentials

The Massachusetts Securities Commission recently adopted rules requiring financial brokers/advisors to prove they have been certified by a state-approved accredited body if they call themselves specialists in giving financial advice to investors 65 years of age and older. The final regulations will be effective June 1, 2007.

The new rules seek to curtail the use of bogus credentials and professional designations when selling investment services to senior citizens. More Info >> www.sec.state.ma.us/sct/sctpropreg/propreg.htm


2007 World Elder Abuse Prevention Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day,
Linking arms with people around the world
June 15, 2007
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
WHO Headquarters
www.inpea.net

On June 15, 2007, INPEA (International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse), celebrating its 10th anniversary, will mark the 2nd annual observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Health Organization Headquarters. In honor of that occasion, INPEA is hosting a Global Symposium June 14 and June 15.

Distinguished speakers include:

  • Stephen Lewis, Commissioner, WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, President of Stephen Lewis Foundation, Toronto, Canada, and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
  • Richard Blewitt, CEO, HelpAge International
  • Baroness Sally Greengross, of Notting Hill, House of Lords, UK, Chief Executive International Longevity Centre, UK and former Director General of Age Concern England

The event is sponsored by INPEA in partnership with WHO; the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG); AARP International; United Nations Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Ageing, Committee on Status of Women, Working Group on Human Rights Education, and Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns; and the Geneva International Network on Aging.

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National Center on Elder Abuse Hosts Kick-Off Event

The United Nations has designated June 15, 2007 the second annual World Elder Abuse Prevention Day. Uniting advocates around the world, this day provides a valuable opportunity for organizing public education and other elder abuse events.

To help kick off this observance in the U.S., NCEA and the National Association of State Units on Aging hosted a live Webcast on May 21 titled 2007 World Elder Abuse Prevention Day: International Perspective and Public Education Opportunities.

Speakers included:

  • Elizabeth Podnieks, PhD, Vice President, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and Founder, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; Professor, Ryerson University School of Nursing, Toronto Canada
  • Betty Malks, MSW, North American Representative, INPEA and Director, Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services, San Jose, California.
  • Pamela B. Teaster, PhD, President-Elect, National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) and Associate Professor, Graduate Center for Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Georgia Anetzberger, PhD, Vice President, NCPEA and Assistant Professor for Health Care Administration, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

Much of the discussion forum centered on the INPEA World Scan on Elder Abuse, the first survey of its kind to give voice to elder abuse prevention issues in a global context. As public awareness grows, advocates and friends all over the world are mobilizing to find solutions, share ideas, and learn from each other's experiences.

There is no question that annual observances such as the 2007 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day provide a valuable opportunity to reach out. In the words of one attendee at the NCEA Webcast, "It is enlightening to hear of elder abuse and prevention on a global scale, and inspiring to hear of efforts to bring the issues of elder abuse home to every citizen on earth."

Highlights of INPEA World Scan on Elder Abuse1
(Preliminary results)

"Abuse is abuse in any part of the globe."
– Elizabeth Podnieks, PhD, Founder, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Contributors to Abuse:

  • Changing social and economic structure
  • Isolation
  • Few social networks
  • Inadequate understanding of rights and laws
  • Intergenerational issues
  • Rising occurrence of mental health problems and substance abuse

Barriers to Help-Seeking:

  • Culture
  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Stigma
  • Mobility, social isolation
  • Lack of familiarity with, lack of access to the Internet

Source: International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) www.inpea.net.
1 Analysis is based on a sample of responses from 10 countries in 4 regions of the world: Africa: Nigeria and Uganda; Americas: United States, Canada, and Argentina. Eastern Mediterranean: Lebanon. South-East Asia: India. Europe: Turkey, Sweden, and United Kingdom. The total number of responses to the 2006-2007 survey was 332; total number of countries: 53.

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A Sampling of U.S. World Day Events

 AARP International "Ask the Expert" Forum

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Prevention Day, AARP International www.aarp.org/research/international/ will host a 2-week online "Ask the Expert" forum from June 1 through June 15, 2007. Visit AARP International's Web site to share your questions and learn from experts on elder abuse issues, including Naomi Karp, Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute.

AARP and the AARP Foundation are involved in many partnerships that are aimed at combating elder abuse, including the Elder Justice Coalition; National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Elder Abuse and the Courts Working Group; the joint AARP Foundation/Investor Protection Trust Campaign for Wise and Safe InvestingTM; and ElderWatch Colorado and West Virginia-joint efforts with the state Attorneys' General to combat financial exploitation.

Contact AARP International at www.aarp.org/research/international/about.html, (202) 434-2402, or intlaffairs@ aarp.org.

  Maimonides Medical Center of Brooklyn Symposium Set for June 14

Maimonides Medical Center, one of the largest academic community hospitals in the United States, is planning a June 14, 2007 elder abuse awareness symposium for health care providers and the public.

Panelists include: New York State Senator Martin J. Golden of Brooklyn, NY; Arlene M. Markarian, Esq., Bureau Chief, Domestic Violence Bureau/Elder Abuse Unit, Kings County District Attorney's Office, Brooklyn, NY; David I. Cohen, MD, Vice President, Clinical Integration, Case Management/Social Work Services, Maimonides Medical Center; and Barbara Paris, MD, Vice Chair of Medicine and Director of Geriatrics, Maimonides Medical Center. An information table will be set up in the main entrance lobby. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide informational literature.

Contact: Barbara Paris, MD, Maimonides Medical Center [email protected]

To learn more about Maimonides Case Management/Social Work Services, visit www.maimonidesmed.org/clinical.cfm?id=16

  Westchester County Elder Abuse Coalition Plans Prevention/Education Campaign

The Elder Abuse Coalition of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services is planning a county wide elder abuse prevention/education campaign in June. Outreach materials include four posters with the theme, "FACE IT– Elder Abuse Happens."

Annette Alve, Program Administrator for Westchester Senior Programs & Services, wrote to tell us NCEA's elder abuse listserve was helpful for deciding on the message/theme. "Hats off to the listserve," she said. "I found this theme there, and obtained permission from Canada to adapt it for our use-another example of international best practices sharing."

To extend community outreach, the Coalition will provide posters for the first time to hair salons. "We felt increasing salon staff awareness of elder abuse is another approach to prevention. We also are working with the County Pharmaceutical Association to increase their awareness," Alve said.

Additionally, Westchester's County Executive is recording public service announcements and public information advertisements will be sent to media and local organizations–churches being a main target. A press release for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be issued in June.

Contact: Annette Alve, Program Administrator, Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services www.westchestergov.com/aging/


Quick Q&A

Judicial Training on Elder Abuse
A Q&A with Lori A. Stiegel, J.D., NCEA Partner and Associate Staff Director, American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging

Q: Why do judges need training on elder abuse?
In the words of Judge James Wynn, Jr., vice-chair of the ABA Judicial Division: "Everybody would like to have a fair court, and a fair court is properly informed." Increasing numbers of cases involving elder abuse are coming before the courts. To be fair, judges need to learn about this growing problem and the complex legal issues these cases raise.

Q: What topics are most important to cover?
Specific topics and emphasis depend on the types of judges being trained and time allocated, but all judges will benefit from learning about types, settings, and dynamics of elder abuse; impact on the judicial system; pertinent laws and cases; decision-making capacity and its relationship to elder abuse; evidentiary and case management issues; crafting orders; and community resources.

Q: Who should provide the training?
No one likes to be told how to do their job by someone from a different discipline. So judges need to take the lead and play significant roles in providing the training, supplemented by experts in elder abuse, adult protective services or aging services, and capacity assessment.

Q: What are some ways to ensure a good attendance?
Provide the training at a judicial conference. Identify the court system officials who have the power to select conference programs. If possible, have a judge who has clout among his or her colleagues champion the idea of elder abuse training to those officials. And don't schedule the program in conflict with the judges' golf tournament!

Q: What other court staff can benefit from training?
Front-line court staff can benefit from learning about recognizing when cases may involve elder abuse and appropriate community resources to which they may refer older individuals and their family members or caregivers for help.

Q: What resources are available to help others provide judicial training on elder abuse?
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging and National Association of Women Judges produced "Elder Abuse in the State Courts: Three Curricula for Judges and Court Staff" in 1997. Those curricula are available from the Commission, and I am happy to provide technical assistance to anyone interested in conducting judicial or court staff training. I can be reached at [email protected] or 202-662-8692.

More Information
Additional information on the issue of judicial training is available on the National Center for State Courts Web site www.ncsconline.org. See especially:


International Research & Scholarship

"Prevalence of Elder Abuse: A Systematic Review"
By C.R. Espindola and SL Blay, Departamento de Psiquiatria, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil [email protected]
Revista de Saude Publica, Vol. 41, No. 2 / April 2007
[Article in Portuguese]

SUMMARY/ABSTRACT
The goal of this study was to identify prevalence studies of abuse among elderly and assess their quality. A systematic literature review was performed through PubMed, LILACS, Embase, ISI, and PsycInfo, for the period between 1988 and 2005. Population-based studies were included, and studies without clear methodological definition and with clinical and service samples were excluded. Researchers report finding 440 articles, but only 11 of them were selected for analysis. The 11 studies were conducted in various countries worldwide, mostly in the US and Europe. They varied widely in terms of abuse definition. Prevalence estimates of physical abuse ranged from 1.2% (Holland) to 18% (Finland). Researchers conclude, "The most influential variables on prevalence seem to be culture-related. As the number of elderly is increasing worldwide, there is a need for studies to better understand this phenomenon."

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"Violence Across the Lifespan: Interconnections Among Forms of Abuse as Described by Marginalized Canadian Elders and their Care-givers"
by Christine A. Walsh, PhD [email protected],University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, et al.
British Journal of Social Work, Vol. 37, No. 3 / April 2007

FINDINGS
Research focus groups with 77 older adults and 43 formal and informal caregivers in Ontario and Alberta, Canada revealed four interrelated lines of family abuse: (I) intergenerational cycles of abuse; (II) violence across the lifespan; (III) exposure to multiple subtypes of elder abuse; and (IV) ongoing spouse abuse that shifted into elder abuse. Researchers conclude that "victims often 'suffer in silence' and cultural factors, ageism and gender are ubiquitous to elder abuse."

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"Drawing on Wisdom from the Past: An Elder Abuse Intervention with Tribal Communities"
By Patricia A. Holkup, PhD, RN [email protected], Montana State University College of Nursing; Toni Tripp-Reimer, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Iowa College of Nursing; and Clarann Weinert, SC, PhD, RN, Montana State University College of Nursing
The Gerontologist, Vol. 47 / April 2007

SUMMARY
The purpose of the research was to assess the feasibility and usability of a culturally anchored, community intervention model, "Family Care Conference," for elder abuse prevention. Researchers framed the model based on a "family conference intervention developed by the Maori people of New Zealand, who determined that Western European ways of working with child welfare issues were undermining such family values as the definition and meaning of family, the importance of spirituality, the use of ritual, and the value of noninterference." To date, according to the study, Native American families have "accepted and appreciated the intervention."

"First Steps: The UK National Prevalence Study of the Mistreatment and Abuse of Older People"
by Claudine McCreadie, et al., Institute of Gerontology, Kings College London, UK
The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 8, No. 3 / November 2006

SUMMARY
This article explains the methodology used in the UK national prevalence study of the mistreatment and abuse of older people conducted by King's College London and the National Centre for Research. Stage I, completed in 2005, consisted of a literature search and exploratory focus groups. Stage II began March 2006 and involved a national survey of the residential population of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Stage III started June 2006 and involved face to face follow up interviews with respondents who had experienced abuse. Stage IV, the final phase, involves a feasibility study of how best to measure prevalence of abuse in care homes. Findings from the study are expected to be available in the summer of 2007.

PDF version of article >> http://www.pavpub.com/pavpub/journals/jap/samples/1106sample.pdf

Also of interest:
"The Mistreatment and Abuse of Older People and the New UK National Prevalence Study"
by Claudine McCreadie, Institute of Gerontology, Kings College London
Journal of Care Services Management, Vol. 1, No. 2 / January-March 2007

This article presents findings from the first phase of the research. Link to journal >> http://henrystewart.metapress.com/link.asp?id=uj55874w67n17318

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Editor's Note: Scholarly literature is often published online before print publication. Check individual publisher sites for full-text availability. Many publishers offer pay-per-article service.

To see abstracts of more published studies, visit the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly at http://db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE. For help in obtaining references, e-mail CANE at [email protected].


Funding Opportunities

Department of Justice: Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program. The program aims to help local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems, and provides for national support efforts strategically targeted to address local needs. Funds can be used for demonstration, replication, expansion, enhancement, training, and/or technical assistance programs

FY 2007 funding categories include: Targeting Violent Crime; Preventing Crime and Drug Abuse; Enhancing Local Law Enforcement; Enhancing Local Courts; Enhancing Local Corrections and Offender Reentry; and Facilitating Justice Information Sharing.

Deadline: June 25, 2007
More info >> www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/07ByrneDiscSol.pdf

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Resources for Grant Writers


Distance Learning/Professional Development

  Office for Victims of Crime Releases New Video
"Victims with Disabilities: The Forensic Interview–Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication and/or Cognitive Disabilities"

The Office for Victims of Crime has released a new 57-minute video that offers guidelines to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, forensic interviewers, and others for interviewing adults and children with communication and/or cognitive disabilities. The accompanying discussion guide includes a transcript and glossary. Quantities are limited. Cost including S&H is $5.00.

For additional OVC videos see >> http://www.ovc.gov/videos/welcome.html

  Breaking the Silence on Crime Victims with Disabilities in the United States

On May 21, 2007, the National Council on Disability, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the National Center for Victims of Crime announced the formation of a new partnership to address the needs of crime victims with disabilities.

The goal of the Initiative is to foster greater public awareness about crime victims with disabilities and forge a national commitment to better serve this vulnerable population. In announcing the partnership, the organizations released a joint statement that calls for, among other things, expanded research to establish the prevalence and impact of crime against persons with disabilities.

You can find out more about the Initiative at a Webcast/Electronic Town Hall Meeting to be held Wednesday, May 30th, at 3:00 PM (EDT). To register, click https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/12291g2949c

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2007 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


Quick Q&A


International Research & Scholarship


Funding Opportunities


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