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Below you will find links to Reference Materials; News & Information; Upcoming Events; Funding Opportuinities; Archived Events (Additional archived information from Home Page can be found on the Resources & Links page)

Thank you for visiting the NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse website. We hope you find the information useful.




           Training & Resource Materials


       March 2016

       U.S. Consumer Financial Protection

       Bureau (CFPB) Issued an Advisory &

       Report for Financial Institutions on

       Preventing Elder Financial Abuse

           CFPB website for press release & more information

           CFPB Advisory for Financial Institutions

           CFPB Recommendations & Report



           Helpful New York Power of Attorney

       Reference Documents   

           NYS POA Selected Highlights Information Sheet  

           NYS POA Reform Legislation Summary of the Changes   




Protect Those Who Protected Us

Stop Scams against Service Men & Women

Information from NCEA on what to do if you suspect that you or a veteran you know might be a victim of abuse.

Important Flyer to Post & Share



Lifespan's New York State Elder Abuse Prevention Training Manual

Introductory guide to help raise awareness among all professional groups who come in contact with older adults. Contains general information that is important for everyone to know, as well as additional resources.

Includes specific information on financial exploitation, the fastest growing form of abuse - often involving other forms of abuse and often the most devastating for the older victim.

Shining Light on the Hidden Problem of Elder Abuse



Reporting Financial Abuse

Clarification for Financial Institutions

Working with Financial Services - Adult Protective Services Guidelines & Form released in June 2015      

background information                                             

June 2015 Guidelines

request form

recent updates on NAPSA website     New updates!

  • Archived Jan 7 webinar & slides on Revised Standard Forms for APS to Request Bank Records;
  • Sample letters, some state specific;
  • Follow-up letter if there is a refusal to provide records.


NYS Department of Financial Services

Guidance for Financial Institutions on Preventing elder Financial Exploitation - Feb 26, 2015

read Superintendent Lawsky's letter


Federal Interagency Guidance on Privacy Laws & Reporting Financial Abuse of Older Adults - Sept 24, 2013

read interagency guidance document

SEC press release



USDOJ Elder Justice Website

USDOJ Elder Justice Website - includes includes resources for victims, families, prosecutors, practitioners, and a comprehensive research database.



Identity Theft Kit

Useful Guide for Victims of ID Theft

ID Theft Guide


Powerful Video - Shining Light on the Hidden Problem of Elder Abuse

A Victim's Story in Her Own Words

click on the video to hear her story



Laws & Legislation


White Collar Crime Task Force

An initiative of the NYS District Attorney Association


Sweeping recommendations, including procedural changes & amendments to NYS laws governing prosecution of corruption, cybercrime, ID theft, money laundering, and fraud - including elder fraud.

Task Force Press Release

Full Report

Appendix with amendments

2015 bill numbers for legislation introduced in response to Task Force recommendations:

A.4447/S.395 - larceny related 

A.4446/S.624 - access to certain medical records

A.4440/S.394 - examination of witness 

A.4470/S.4593 - larceny related

to access these bills

A.8780/S.7188 Signed by Governor on Sept 4, 2014 

     Allows social worker or informal caregiver to be present and give care to vulnerable elderly person during certain grand jury proceedings.

read 2014 Chap. 347

(2015 Senate bill 5832-A adds financial crimes)



New OCFS Phone Number Makes Services for Vulnerable Older Adults More Accessible

     New Yorkers should now dial 1-844-697-3505 for the NYS Human Services Call Center (HSCC), which can answer questions about adult services, provide contact information for local APS, or take information regarding abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults and send it to the local APS unit. As always, if someone is in immediate danger - call 911.

for more information including HSCC hours



Age Wave: The changing demographic landscape of America and Greater Rochester

read report



White House Conference on Aging

Final Report for the 2015 Conference released in Jan 2016



Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report

     For links to the Executive Summary, Full Report and Appendices, as well as links to many other Federal Government Reports & Publications click here   



Financial Exploitation of Older Adults: A Population-Based Prevalence Study

more information on the Research & Training page



NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse

If you are interested in joining the New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse, please fill out and return a membership form. The Coalition is based in New York, but often addresses elder abuse issues that have national or international interest.

more information about the Coalition & a copy of the form



Archived Information: several listings that were originally on this page have been moved to the Resources & Links page for ongoing reference



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In The News

Ontario Co - Additional criminal charges for receiving government benefits while stealing thousands from older man

read about the new charges   New!


Jan 2016 NYS Adult Services E-Newsletter - 2015 Highlights from Around the State     

  • 2015 AATI
  • Several new training opportunities
  • New grant funding from U.S. ACL
  • Successful collaboration - Ontario Co E-MDT
  • 2015 WEAAD activities - Public Awareness around the state

read the OCFS newsletter


Updated Nov 2015- Nationwide Survey of Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Elderly and/or Vulnerable Persons

read updated document


National APS Resource Center

Technical Assistance Briefs      


Clinical Issues in Supervising APS Practice by Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik                               


Fundamentals of APS Supervision by Joanne Otto                         

read these new documents & other NAPSRC briefs on various topics


National Institute of Justice

Tips for Making Your Proposal Competitive

tips from NIJ Director


Wyoming Co - 23-year old gets Interim Probation for Serious Assault on 72 -year old man

read article

read more details


Multiple Counties - Troopers: Suspects racked up thousands in charges after stealing credit card from elderly person

read article

watch TV news video


Financial Abuse of the Elderly: Sometimes Unnoticed, Always Predatory - New York Times article

read the NYT article


Livingston Co great-granddaughter charged with Grand Larceny & Forgery

video interview with Sheriff & DA


Orleans Co woman charged with 3rd Degree Grand Larceny - order of protection granted for victim

read article


Gates Police: 92-year-old woman in Monroe County gave Social Security number to phone scammers - checks she relied on to live on stopped going into her bank account

for video interviews & article



Upcoming Events

Elder Justice Coordinating Council Meeting (EJCC)

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

9 am - 12 pm ET

for meeting materials, agenda & to watch live online

additional EJCC information


JASA's Elder Abuse Training Institute

Thurs, May 5, 2016

2 pm - 5 pm

Health/Mantal Health Perspectives on Addressing Elder Abuse

details, registration & future trainings


Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference (ACUU)

Albany, NY

June 7 & 8, 2016

ACUU Conference website


Save the Date

11th Annual New York City Elder Abuse Conference

Promoting Awareness + Taking Action

Wed, June 15, 2016; 8 am - 4 pm

details available soon


Save the Dates

27th Annual NAPSA Conference


Aug 29 - 31, 2016

Request for Workshop Proposals - April 15, 2016 new proposal deadline

7th Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation

Sept 1, 2016

Philadelphia, PA

conference & summit details


Save the Date

National Center for Victims of Crime

2016 National Training Institute

Sept 19 - 21, 2016

Philadelphia, PA

details coming soon


  Funding Opportunities

National Institute of Justice

Webinar providing details & guidance for potential applicants to NIJ's Elder Abuse Prevention Demonstration Project: Planning Phase Solicitation

Wed, Feb 24, 2016

1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

details & to register  (archived)



Elder Abuse Prevention Demonstration Project: Planning Phase                     New!

review the solicitation


Funding Available for Elder Abuse Victim Assistance

archived webinar from Dec 1, 2015




  Archived Events


Jan 2016 webinar now available  

APS Research to Practice Webinar Series covering a variety of interesting topics - over 19 webinars from 2010 thru 2016

webinar & webcast recordings and slides on NAPSRC website


on NCCD's website


Thurs, Feb 25, 2016 Webinar

1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

APS - Breakthroughs, Funding and NAMRS Reporting

Presenter: Kathleen Quinn

details & registration   (archived)


National Center for Victims of Crime

Webinar - Thurs, Feb 25, 2016

2:00 pm ET

Using Asset Forfeiture to Recover Money for Victims of Crime

details & to register     (archived)


Free National Consumer Law Center Webinar

Thurs, Jan 21, 2016; 2:00 pm EST

Legal Remedies to Financial Exploitation of Property: Let's Get Grandpa's House Back!

more information & registration - will also be archived for future reference

Speakers: Denis Culley, David Godfrey, Lori Stiegel


Oct 2015Webinar Series

5 programs

Association on Aging in NY & NYSOFA

archived webinars - also includes links to all webinars since 2012


National Legal Resource Center

NLRC website

National Elder Rights Training Project Webinar Series

Wed, Jan, 14, 2015 - 2 pm EST

Ethical Challenges of Legal Services Working on Elder Abuse Issues

Wed, Feb 11, 2015 - 2 pm EST

Involuntary Transfer & Discharge from Nursing Homes: Prevention, Advocacy & Appeals

archived webinars


Mon, Jan 12, 2015

2 pm - 3:30 pm ET

NAPSA / NCCD / NCPEA Research to Practice (R2P) Webinar

Forensic Markers of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Presenter: Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF

details & registration

direct link to flyer


National Center for Victims of Crime

Recognize, Report, and Recover

Webinar Series

Programs are recorded & archived

view list & details

Fri, Nov 21, 2014 Webinar

Now archived

Victim Service Providers Respond to Elder Financial Exploitation

Speakers: Liz Loewy & Merry O'Brien

recording, slides, & other materials now available

Fri, Dec 5, 2014 Webinar

Now archived

Friends & Family Respond to Elder Financial Exploitation

recording, slides & other materials now available


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 2014 review

Check the Regional Coalitions page for updated news & reports on some of the events that were held throughout New York State and Nationally in recognition of WEAAD 2014

Regional Coalitions page


Archived copy of the April 23 Webinar

Elder Justice Initiative: Action and Advocacy from the Grassroots Up

archived webinar

Elder Justice Coalition website


National Crime Victims' Rights Week

30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice

watch NYS OVS Crime Victims' Rights video

U.S. DOJ, Office for Victims of Crime website - check for ongoing updates regarding 2015 events & information

National Crime Victims Resource Guide


New & Archived Webinars

NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)

information & registration


Sign Up for News



New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse - Statewide Elder Abuse Outreach Effort


Formed by Lifespan to implement the New York State Elder Abuse Summit Action Agenda, the coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of over 1,800 individuals, organizations and government agencies working together to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Through statewide outreach efforts, the Coalition serves as a catalyst for change, raising awareness and offering solutions for prevention and intervention through education, advocacy and research. Lifespan provides staff support for the Coalition.



The New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse is administered by Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.
1900 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618   Contact Us