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A Statewide Elder Abuse Prevention Effort

Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation are largely hidden, shrouded in secrecy and shame. Older adults are often reluctant to reveal incidents of abuse, particularly when the abuser is a family member. Adding to the problem, many health care, law enforcement, financial and aging service professionals often do not understand or recognize elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. When they do recognize the problem, they often do not know where to turn for help. This coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of over 1,900 individuals, organizations and government agencies working together to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

In the Spotlight


victims of crime act (voca) victim and witness assistance grant program request for applications (rfa)

Link to application details - scroll down to VOCA Victim Assistance Program RFA information at the end of the page on the NYS Office of Victim Services website.

Thurs, Feb 7 - deadline for submitting questions
Wed, Feb 20 - recording of Applicant Webinar and official answers to all questions will be available
Wed, April 3, 2:00 pm EST - application due date


Elder Justice Coordinating Council

Members include leaders of federal departments, agencies and entities administering programs related to abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.

Council meeting recordings and related documents from 2012 - 2018. Dec 6, 2018 meeting recording will be available soon.



new funding for enhanced multidisciplinary teams (e-mdts) in new york state

RFAs have been released for two new regions (Long Island - Nassau, Suffolk) and North Country (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence).

Application documents and other reference information available on Lifespan’s E-MDT RFA web page. Please share this information with others who may be interested in submitting an application.

All questions regarding the RFAs should be emailed to Denise Shukoff. Questions will be answered individually, plus Q & A updates will be posted periodically on the Lifespan E-MDT RFA web page. Names or organizations will not be identified. Please submit any last minute questions well before the March 11, 5 pm application due date.

Expansion of E-MDTs throughout NYS will be continuing. New RFAs will be available later this year. Please check this space for updates regarding this next phase in the effort to develop teams throughout New York State. There are 38 teams currently operating or in various stages of development. The goal is to have coordinated E-MDTs in each county by 2020.


Lifespan’s 2019 EAEOP community mini-grants

Thank you to everyone who submitted applications to fund projects throughout New York State.



Lifespan’s S.E.A.M. Program

Spotlight on Lifespan’s Stop Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Program

An alternative to help meet the needs of abused elders through intervention and rehabilitation of elder abuse perpetrators.


nys ocfs bureau of adult services

December 2018 Adult Services Newsletter includes:

  • Recap and photos from the 25th Anniversary NYS Adult Abuse Training Institute and Law Enforcement Pre-Intensive Training Day;

  • Information on extended hours for Adult Services Helpline and additional OCFS Stop Elder Abuse/Stop Adult Abuse posters now available;

  • Orleans County APS and OPWDD collaboration success story;

  • Elder Justice Advocate Program at the Upstate Elder Abuse Center at Lifespan;

  • Gatekeeper Training Program in Albany County