Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $496,465)
In an effort to propel national progress in identifying and remedying elder abuse and financial exploitation, OVC's Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Project is funding eight innovative field-generated projects in three Purpose Areas: (1) the use of technology, (2) encouragement and enhancement of cross-collaboration in victim services, and (3) the offer of enhanced or new legal remedies for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation.
Under Purpose Area 1, Pro Bono Net, Inc., will work in partnership with the Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) to create online tools that enable innovative partnership and outreach models to comprehensively identify, respond to, and remedy elder abuse and financial exploitation. They will refine and scale two existing technologies: 1) The Legal Risk Detector, which is a web-based legal health "check-up" tool that allows medical personnel, social workers and other allied professionals to screen elderly individuals, including the homebound, for common legal issues, including abuse and financial exploitation, and refer them to legal services; and 2) online legal forms, powered by LawHelp Interactive (LHI), that help mitigate and protect against common forms of elder abuse and financial exploitation. Pro Bono Net, Inc., will work with CELJ to enhance and further customize the current Risk Detector for use with other community partners and promote adoption of the Risk Detector in other jurisdictions in New York State and nationally. CA/NCF