State awards nearly $1 million to local agencies to combat elder abuse, neglect and exploitation

October 6, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – The Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA), under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that it has awarded nearly $1 million in state funding to 12 organizations in an effort to combat and increase reporting of elder abuse crimes in communities across the state.

Funding was available to applicants under AASA’s Prevent Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect Today (PREVNT) initiative. The organizations that received funding include:

  • Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan

  • Detroit Area Agency on Aging

  • Disability Network Oakland & Macomb

  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

  • Grand Traverse County of Prosecutor

  • Great Lakes Legal, Inc.

  • Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University

  • Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department/Area Agency on Aging Region IIIA

  • Michigan State University

  • Northeast Michigan Community Services Agency/Region 9 Area Agency on Aging

  • Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan

  • Tri-County Office on Aging

Visit the AASA website to read summaries of each organization’s work plan for fiscal year 2018, beginning Oct. 1, 2017.

The state estimates that as many as 90,000 vulnerable adults in Michigan are victims of crimes every year, with many of these crimes going unreported.

If someone suspects elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, call Adult Protective Services at 855-444-3911. If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police.