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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

Governor Cuomo Announces $8.4 million to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation statewide
Read July 31, 2018 press release

Albany Attorney Admits to Stealing from Elderly Clients in $11.8 Million Estate Fraud
"Any lawyer preying on elders should take notice that criminal conduct by attorneys will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
June 11 DOJ Press Release
June 11 NY AG Press Release
Copy of Felony Complaint

Elder Abuse Thrives in Silence - "How could this happen to me?"
2018 WEAAD article by Lifespan's Art Mason and Kelly Zunner-Daniels

NYS OCFS Adult Services Newsletters
New - March 2018
For updates on APS activities around the state, plus a special thank you to Debra Sacks read the Summer Newsletter. Articles on Remote Access to TOP and review of recent APS data are included in Oct 2017 newsletterFeb 2017 newsletter includes highlights of Nov 2016 NYS Adult Abuse Training Institute. Find all Adult Services Newsletters from 2009 - present.

Series of fraud and scam related public awareness news articles
Lifespan helping out scam victims - if you used Western Union, you may qualify

2017 Elder Abuse Awareness month in Chautauqua County
Developing new Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team to address complex cases of abuse & financial exploitation

Elder Abuse is Public Health Problem 
Art Mason, Democrat & Chronicle June 2017 guest essayist. E-MDTs getting results for victims of financial exploitation.    

Erie County Launches E-MDT - May 2017 DA's Office press release
New collaborative approach to stopping elder abuse & financial exploitation, and recovering stolen funds.

June 2017 Washington Post Perspective discussion - Who are the Victims of Elder Abuse?
New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study and related studies are referenced in this article.

Elder Abuse Victims Suffering in Silence
May 2017 Idaho TV news story.

New York Governor Cuomo Announces Plan to Protect Older Adults from Financial Exploitation & Foreclosure
Jan 2017 State of the State Proposal.