Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $375,000)
The purpose of this award, funded under the OVC FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Coordinated, Enhanced Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation Program, is to support elder abuse multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) as enhanced MDTs (E-MDTs) at the rural, tribal, local or state levels, including existing and new teams. Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to support organizations which demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology initiatives on a national scale or that can be relicated nationally to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime.
LiveSAFE Resources, in collaboration with the Cobb County District Attorney and with the support of the Cobb County Justice for Elderly and Disabled Individuals Multidisciplinary Team (JEDI MDT), will expand and enhance the capabilities of the JEDI MDT, which serves elderly and disabled victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation CANE) in Cobb County, Georgia, a large suburban county on the northwest border of the City of Atlanta. Under the project, the JEDI MDT will contract with a forensic accounting firm to assist in investigations of cases involving financial exploitation, and with a neuropsychologist to work with cases involving victims with cognitive impairment. In addition, the project will create a fulltime E-MDT Coordinator position to investigate ANE cases, organize the JEDI MDT and bring cases to them, coordinate contracted services, and monitor outcomes. The project will increase the number of cases reviewed by the JEDI MDT on an annual basis over current levels, and will greatly increase the ability of the JEDI MDT to bring financial exploitation cases through the process to prosecution.