Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $499,828)
Through the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation solicitation, OVC seeks to support projects which focus on elder financial exploitation through innovative collaborations between the financial industry and others to better detect and respond to victims. These efforts should build the capacity of victim service providers and financial industry representatives to enhance fraud detection and provide trauma-informed, age-appropriate services and resources for victims.
With this award, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) will implement an innovative, technology-based project with the potential to change how courts receive and monitor financial accountings from conservators throughout the nation. The Rapid Response Project will leverage technology, newly created Rapid Response teams, and judicial and response protocols to launch a targeted and appropriately tailored court response to these abuses. The project objectives are: 1) Partner with a financial monitoring service that will analyze, identify, and report suspicious transactions in conservatorship accounts; 2) Create an interdisciplinary Rapid Response Team in courts to research, investigate and respond to monitoring service alerts; 3) Create data elements and software requirements that promote uniformity in exchange between the court and the financial monitoring service; 4) Implement the judicial response protocol that drives actions to protect and recuperate asset; 5) Evaluate the Rapid Response System; 6) Develop and disseminate a replication guide with resources and tools; and 7) Encourage the development of Rapid Response Systems nationwide.