Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE) Partnership
OVC is supporting a training project to help faith-based practitioners identify and intervene in cases of elder financial fraud and exploitation. The Denver District Attorney's Office, working with Denver's faith-based institutions, has developed the Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE) Partnership program, which provides community-based services related to elder financial fraud prevention, intervention, reporting, and victim support. The partnership includes a train-the-trainer program and weekly financial crime prevention messages and urgent alerts. Specifically, the project trains staff and volunteers at faith institutions and uses these partners to educate the elderly about fraud in general and to warn them about specific fraudulent schemes as they become known. A grant award supports both the continuation and expansion of the CASE Partnership program and its replication in another Colorado county. The award also provides for intensive technical assistance to the new site to build a similar initiative in that community. The project targets many types of fraud and exploitation against elders and focuses particularly on underserved populations.