FAIRBANKS - Alaska’s Adult Protective Services office has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging to test a program to prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, according to a news release last week from the state Department of Health and Social Services.
The grant will add resource referral and short- and medium-term crisis intervention to the office’s services.
“We’re looking forward to learning whether this focused assistance consistently promotes well-being and can prevent harm,” said Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur said.
The three-year pilot program will fund three case managers who will work with Alaskans age 60 or older in Anchorage who have experienced or are at high risk for abuse, neglect or exploitation, according to the news release. Participation is voluntary.
Adult Protective Services is partnering with the Anchorage Police Department, Southcentral Foundation, Providence Alaska Medical Center, the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman, Anchorage homeless shelters and other community agencies to identify high-risk individuals and evaluate the program’s effectiveness.
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