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Breaking Down Barriers: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Strengthening California’s Elder Justice System

Award Information

Award #
15POVC-21-GG-01077-NONF
Location
Awardee County
Los Angeles
Congressional District
Status
Awarded, but not yet accepted
Funding First Awarded
2021
Total funding (to date)
$375,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $375,000)

<p align="center" class="Default" style="text-align:center; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Breaking Down Barriers: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Strengthening</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">California&rsquo;s Elder Justice System</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Abstract</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">CEJC will create a state-level, enhanced multidisciplinary team (A*TEAM) to address systemic barriers that local MDTs encounter but lack the capacity to address. These include inconsistencies in how statutes and regulations are implemented, interpreted, or enforced; service gaps; confusing, overlapping, or conflicting roles and responsibilities of agencies that respond to abuse; unequal access to services; discriminatory practices; unmet training needs; failure to enforce laws, regulations, or penalties; barriers to restitution recovery and compensation; and the need for policy reform. MDTs across California may refer cases for A*TEAM review. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="margin-bottom:.0001pt;margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><span style="line-height:200%;"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif;">The A*TEAM will include experts in elder abuse policy and programs, representatives from state agencies with key roles in abuse prevention, policy analysts, victim services administrators, advocates for underserved populations, the director of a university-based elder-law clinic, trainers, and representations from law enforcement, regulatory agencies, and courts. Members<font color="#0782c1"> </font>will evaluate the scope, causes, and impact of systemic barriers and recommend actions such as:</span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Requesting guidance, program reviews, audits, interpretations of statutes, or new policies.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Seeking assistance from professional associations (e.g., serving forensics accountants and neuropsychologists) to recruit members to serve on MDTs. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Exploring statutory and programmatic innovations and best practices. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Alerting researchers to the need for data to demonstrate policy needs and impacts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Informing training academies or schools about training needs. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 8pt 0.5in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The A*TEAM Coordinator will follow up on recommendations, and cases will be summarized, archived, and available to policy makers, advocates, and researchers to avert duplicative or repetitive efforts, facilitate research, and contribute to the collective knowledge about elder justice policy and practice. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">CEJC will identify MDTs across the state and inform them about the A*TEAM, facilitate exchange, and identify and respond to training and technical assistance needs. CEJC will also provide information on A*TEAM processes, accomplishments, challenges, and findings to advocates, resource centers, and other stakeholders across the country.&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Project deliverables include the A*TEAM, enhanced policy, an archive of systemic obstacles and resolutions, an MDT database, replicable A*TEAM operational materials, webinars, presentations, website content, and articles. Outcomes for victims include access to comprehensive services to recover misappropriated assets, recover from trauma, and reduce risk. Benefits to MDT members include heightened understanding of victims&rsquo; needs and strategies for effecting systemic changes, dynamic partnerships, and enhanced performance. California&rsquo;s response to elder abuse will be more equitable, streamlined, and responsive, and there will be greater alignment and collaboration among states.&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p>

Date Created: September 21, 2021