State awards nearly $1 million to universities, local agencies to fight elder abuse

 Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

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 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, which seeks to implement local tools and programs to prevent, detect, and address abuse, neglect and exploitation against vulnerable and older adults. The organizations that received grant funding include:

  • Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.
  • Detroit Area Agency on Aging.
  • Disability Network Oakland & Macomb.
  • Elder Law of Michigan.
  • 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.
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.
  • Region 2 Area Agency on Aging.
  • The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP).
  • Tri-County Office on Aging.

Final award amounts were approved by the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging during its Aug. 17 meeting, totaling $965,000. Grantees will begin their work on Oct. 1, 2018.

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, they can call Centralized Intake for Abuse and Neglect at 855-444-3911. If someone is in immediate danger, residents should call 911 or the local police.

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Contact: Phil Lewis, AASA
517-284-0147 or lewisp3@michigan.gov