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Rockdale County Georgia PEARL Program, Elder Abuse Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $374,895)

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 MDT’s (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.

The Rockdale County Georgia PEARL (Protecting our Elderly with Resources for Better Living) Program, Elder Abuse Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team Project will enhance its current efforts in order to improve the case review process and associated systems coordination, to better understand victims' priorities and needs, including determining effective responses to financial exploitation and opioid abuse. The goal is to enhance the development of the Rockdale County MDT for elder abuse to better identify and respond to victims experiencing abuse and financial exploitation. The project's objectives include the following. 1) Utilizing technical assistance offered from OVC's National Elder Abuse MDT TTA Center to improve/enhance the E-MDT. 2) Expanding E-MDT membership to include forensic accountants, neuropsychologists and other professionals so there is holistic approach to the needs of older victims. 3) Hiring a dedicated E-MDT Coordinator to coordinate E-MDT activities. 4) Conducting a needs assessment to identify the gaps in service, assets in the community, and facilitate trainings to aid in the development of enhanced procedures. 5) Identifying service activities to support a holistic response to victims' needs. 6) Participation in various training opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of elder abuse victim's priorities and how to work as an effective E-MDT.


Date Created: September 22, 2019