News Release from the Elder Justice Coalition, April 16, 2013:Administration Releases ACA Funding for Elder Justice
News Release from the Elder Justice Coalition, April 15, 2013:President's Budget Again Calls for Funding Elder Justice
News Release from the Elder Justice Coalition, April 9, 2013:Skip Humphrey Becomes Senior Liaison Officer for the CFPB; Documentary Premiere
News Release from the Elder Justice Coalition, March 18, 2013:Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2013 Introduced; American Society on Aging Conference
News Release from the Elder Justice Coalition, February 28, 2013:Victory for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
News Release from the Elder Justice Coalition, February 13, 2013:Senate Passes Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
News Release from the Elder Justice Coalition, January 22, 2013:Elder Justice Coalition Releases Its 2013 Agenda
2012 Elder Justice Coalition Annual ReportClick here...
EJA Update, June 14, 2012Click here...
EJA Update, May 20, 2011Click here...
One Year Anniversary of the Elder Justice Act March 23rd marks the one year anniversary of the Elder Justice Act (the EJA).
For the first time, last March, Congress passed a comprehensive federal elder abuse prevention law. This was an important victory for aging advocates, but now a year later, the law is powerless due to a lack of funding.
A year later, vulnerable older adults who should be protected by the law are confronted with the same threats they faced a year ago. This is a sad reality given the increasing severity of elder abuse in this country. According to a recent National Institute of Justice study, almost 11% of people ages 60 and older (5.7 million) faced some form of elder abuse in the past year. A 2009 study estimated that 14.1 percent of non-institutionalized older adults nationwide had experienced some form of elder abuse in the past year. Financial exploitation of older adults is increasingly alarming. A 2009 report by the MetLife Mature Market Institute and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) estimates that seniors lose a minimum of $2.5 billion each year.
Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation is a serious and widespread social justice problem and a major health issue. Victims of elder abuse are often abused by family members or someone close to them and victims tend to be older, frail and often dependent on their abusers for life’s basic necessities and care. Victims of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation have three times the risk of dying prematurely. To this day, elder abuse is the only form of family violence for which the federal government provides virtually no resources.
State Adult Protective Services agencies are at the front line at the state and local level in the fight against elder abuse yet they are ill equipped to do their jobs. The main funds in the Elder Justice Act are dedicated to adult protective services in all 50 states. President Obama demonstrated his recognition of the urgent need to support APS by requesting funding for APS in his FY 2012 budget. Congress must build from his proposed $16.5 million request.
Another important tool in the fight against elder abuse are the Long-Term Care Ombudsmen. Their job is to respond to complaints of abuse and neglect in the nation’s long-term care facilities. The President has requested an additional $5 million in funding to strengthen and improve the Ombudsman program.
It is critical that funding for the Elder Justice Act become a reality this year. Those who commit crimes of elder abuse will continue to have the upper hand unless we provide new funding for those who would stop them.
Funding the Elder Justice Act would send money directly to the states to create jobs and protect our seniors from abuse; keeping them out of harm, from losing their life savings, and needing expensive care.
Elder justice unfunded is elder justice denied. Congress must finish the job and fund the Elder Justice Act so we can work to do what actor Mickey Rooney pleaded at a recent Congressional hearing—STOP ELDER ABUSE NOW!
Robert Blancato, National Coordinator
Shannon Donahue, Coordinator of Advocacy and Outreach
Hearing-Senate Special Committee on Aging-“Justice for All: Ending Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation” Elder Justice Coalition Testimony Submitted by Bob Blancato, National Coordinator March 2, 2011Click here...
ELDER JUSTICE COALITION SAYS GAO REPORT PAINTS ALARMING PICTURE OF APS IN AMERICAClick here...
Elder Justice Coalition 2010 year-end reportClick here...
On Tuesday, May 25th, EJC National Coordinator, Bob Blancato testified to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on the Senior Financial Empowerment Act of 2009.
Letter from the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations supporting first year funding for the Elder Justice ActClick here...
Submission on Elder Justice and Elder RightsRead more...
Elder Justice Act/Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act Now LawRead more...
Elder Justice Bills Clear Congress, Obama to Sign into LawRead more...
Elder Justice Act Introduced
The Elder Justice Act was introduced in the Senate on April 2nd, 2009 and the House on April 21st, 2009. S. 795, the Elder Justice Act was authored in the Senate by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and co-authored by Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) with original co-sponsors Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME). On the House side the EJA companion bill, H.R. 2006, was authored by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and co-sponsored by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA). A section by section summary of the Elder Justice Act is available in the Legislation section.
Goals and Activities
The Elder Justice Coalition, through national and grassroots advocacy, educational briefings, media outreach, research, and information dissemination seeks to:
- Increase public awareness of the tragedy of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation at the local, state, and national levels.
- Increase awareness and support for the Elder Justice Act in the Senate as a comprehensive approach to addressing elder justice issues.
- Conduct a parallel advocacy effort in the House of Representatives.
- Work for expedited consideration of the Elder Justice Act before relevant Senate and House Committees and Subcommittees.
- Monitor and appropriately influence other relevant legislation and regulations that pertain to the prevention of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.