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NCJ Number: 230269 Find in a Library
Title: Kentucky's Local Elder Abuse Coordinating Councils: A Model for Other States
Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect  Volume:22  Issue:1-2  Dated:January-June 2010  Pages:191-206
Author(s): Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D.; Tenzin Wangmo, Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD 20892
Grant Number: 90-AM-2792
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study was an attempt to understand a concerted statewide multidisciplinary team (MDT) effort related to elder abuse.
Abstract: In 1998 Kentucky's Local Coordinating Councils on Elder Abuse (LCCEAs) were established to intervene in cases of elder abuse in local communities. As of 2008 there were 39 LCCEAs in the State, covering 112 of Kentucky's 120 counties. Survey questions examined the roles, processes, varieties, and accomplishments of these councils. Nearly half of the councils have been in existence for less than 3 years. Councils provided a range of services from expert consultation to service provided for keeping members up to date about services, programs, and legislation. Roles for the councils included identifying service gaps and systemic problems and advocating for change. Half the councils conducted case reviews, and of those, most examined all types of cases. Lack of funding was a major problem for all councils. Funding came from a patchwork of sources, which suggested that it was inadequate and unreliable. The LCCEAs appear to function largely as community educators. To ensure the long-term viability of the LCCEAs and to better integrate and unify their efforts, LCCEAs need committed staffs, constant funding, clear vision and goals, and uniform and consistent outcome measures. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Elderly victims
Index Term(s): Crimes against the elderly; Elder Abuse; Elderly victim services; Interagency cooperation; Kentucky; Model programs; Multidisciplinary Investigative Team; Organization development; Organization studies
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