Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $375,000)
The Northridge Hospital Foundation’s Center for Healthier Communities (CHC) will expand and enhance its services to better serve victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation. The existing Local Elder Abuse Prevention Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team (LEAP EMDT) serves older adults in all of Los Angeles County after recent expansion of the geographic catchment area. Therefore, LEAP EMDT will be renamed LEAP-Los Angeles program (LEAP-LA). The current EMDT includes a forensic accountant, geriatric neuropsychologist, elder justice attorney, social isolation expert, law enforcement (Los Angeles Police Department), 211 Los Angeles, and local and county organizations serving seniors (Adult Protective Services, Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter (ALZ SoCal), WISE & Healthy Aging, and ONEgeneration). This EMDT team reviews cases, coordinates care for victims, provides resources and referrals, and addresses victim’s needs using a comprehensive coordinated, victim-centered, and trauma-informed approach. The EMDT will be expanded by adding five individuals from diverse professions, including: substance abuse providers, victim service providers, sexual assault/domestic violence advocates, geriatric health providers, hospital discharge planner/social workers and/or a District Attorney Representative.
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