Each year over 260,000 older adults are victims of elder abuse in New York State. Financial exploitation is a fast growing and complex form of elder abuse that can have devastating consequences for older adult victims. While elder abuse multidisciplinary teams are emerging in various localities across the country, Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) differ in that they focus on financial exploitation while also addressing other co-occurring forms of abuse.
E-MDTs are comprised of professionals from various disciplines whose primary focus is to investigate, intervene, and prevent financial exploitation of older adults. E-MDTs have unique access to a forensic accountant and geriatric psychiatrist in addition to drawing on the expertise of disciplines including aging services, the financial industry, and local legal and law enforcement. The team provides a holistic response which includes recommendations and support to those working on complex cases of financial exploitation.
Membership is based on the unique needs and resources of the individual county. It is important to identify and recruit E-MDT members representing key programs and services within each county.
Key member agencies for each county include:
Adult Protective Services
District Attorney’s Office
Office for the Aging
Additional member agencies to consider may include:
Elder abuse prevention providers
Civil legal service providers
Domestic violence service providers
Welfare fraud investigator
Department of Social Services
Elder law attorney
County Attorney’s Office
Attorney General’s Office
Department of Taxation and Finance
Lifespan oversees development of E-MDTs in Upstate NY. The New York City Elder Abuse Center oversees E-MDT development in New York City.
Counties with E-MDTs (either functioning or in development)
New York (Manhattan)
Richmond (Staten Island)
E-MDTs in New York originated as the result of an Elder Abuse Prevention Interventions Initiative between 2012-2016 which was funded through a federal grant awarded to New York State Office for the Aging by the Administration for Community Living.
This program is funded in part by New York State Office for the Aging, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime, New York State Office of Victim Services and Lifespan of Greater Rochester.