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welcome we will start the webinar shortly call in to 1 800 356 8278 458866 please mute your line
Welcome! We will start the webinar shortly.Call in to 1-800-356-8278 / 458866PLEASE MUTE YOUR LINE
elder justice initiative district visits
Elder Justice Initiative:District Visits

Elder Justice Coalition

Elder Justice ACTion

Mike SplainePrincipal, Splaine ConsultingMike’s firm specializes in policy and advocacy consulting in health, public health and long term care issues.

Bob BlancatoPresident of Matz, Blancato, & AssociatesBob is the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, a non-partisan, 680 member organization.

  • Welcome and issue update
  • Why District Visits matter
  • Who’s who in a district office
  • Finding others to join you
  • Key message points and materials to leave behind
  • District Visit feedback
  • Questions and answers

Bob Blancato

  • Thank you for participating
  • Thank Mike Splaine and Kate Gordon
  • First joint project of Elder Justice Coalition and Elder Justice ACTion.
  • Most appropriate it be this advocacy webinar
  • More voices are needed—national—local—grass tops, grass roots
elder justice coalition
Elder Justice Coalition
  • Elder Justice Coalition celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2014.
  • It is only about advocacy: defined as educating, informing and advocating on behalf of elder justice at national level.
  • Bipartisan in nature, as the issue has been.
  • Began with group of 5 founders.
  • Grown to over 3000 members nationally
elder abuse is real
Elder Abuse Is Real
  • Beyond the point of asking if elder abuse is real in U.S.
  • 1 in 10 people over 60 are victims
  • Elder financial abuse costs victims $3 billion a year.
  • Of all federal resources for abuse prevention less than 2 percent for elder abuse.
  • No dedicated federal home for adult protective services
  • Time for change.
elder justice initiative
Elder Justice Initiative
  • $25 million Elder Justice Initiative as proposed in the President’s budget
    • $13.8 million to enhance APS, including databases and program standards
    • $11.2 million for research, including screening tools and foundational research
congressional action imminent
Congressional Action Imminent
  • Critical time.
  • June 10: Subcommittee markup
  • June 12: Full committee markup
  • Absolutely pivotal.
  • Senate seen as lead as they were with Elder Justice Act.
  • Would be a first time direct appropriation.
labor hhs subcommittee senate
Labor-HHS Subcommittee – Senate
  • Democrats
    • Patty Murray (WA)
    • Mary L. Landrieu (LA)
    • Richard J. Durbin (IL)
    • Jack Reed (RI)
    • Mark Pryor (AR)
    • Barbara Mikulski (MD)
    • Jon Tester (MT)
    • Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
    • Jeff Merkley (OR)
  • Republicans
    • Thad Cochran (MS)
    • Richard C. Shelby (AL)
    • Lamar Alexander (TN)
    • Lindsey Graham (SC)
    • Mark Kirk (IL)
    • Mike Johanns (NE)
    • John Boozman (AR)
full committee appropriations senate
Full Committee – Appropriations – Senate
  • Democrats
    • Barbara Mikulski (MD)
    • Patrick Leahy (VT)
    • Tom Harkin (IA)
    • Patty Murray (WA)
    • Dianne Feinstein (CA)
    • Richard Durbin (IL)
    • Tim Johnson (SD)
    • Mary Landrieu (LA)
    • Jack Reed (RI)
    • Mark Pryor (AR)
    • Jon Tester (MT)
    • Tom Udall (NM)
    • Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
    • Jeff Merkley (OR)
    • Mark Begich (AK)
    • Chris Coons (DE)
  • Republicans
    • Richard Shelby (AL)
    • Thad Cochran (MS)
    • Mitch McConnell (KY)
    • Lamar Alexander (TN)
    • Susan Collins (ME)
    • Lisa Murkowski (AK)
    • Lindsey Graham (SC)
    • Mark Kirk (IL)
    • Dan Coats (IN)
    • Roy Blunt (AR)
    • Jerry Moran (KS)
    • John Hoeven (ND)
    • Mike Johanns (NE)
    • John Boozman (AR)
congressman ron barber az 2 tucson district office
Congressman Ron Barber (AZ-2)Tucson District Office

Photo: https://media.azpm.org/master/image/2012/6/14/spot/Barberdoorspotlight.jpg

Deputy District Director Jesse Garza, left, and Dorene Kainz, Constituent Service Director for Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-7).

Photo: http://www.hudsonstarobserver.com/content/congressman-duffy-celebrates-grand-opening-hudson-office

finding others to join you
Finding Others to Join You

Some members of the Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Taskforce: Karen Buck, executive director, SeniorLAW Center; Noel DeSantis, assistant district attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; Charles (Chuck) Silverman, AML-Security director, Beneficial Bank; Charlotte Council, deputy commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department; Carlotta Bulls, financial exploitation specialist, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Older Adult Protective Services; Alethea Brown, elder victim witness coordinator-advocate for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Photo: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/06/15/corporation-for-aging-marks-world-elder-abuse-awareness-day/

finding others to join you1
Finding Others to Join You

Photo: http://www.watchsonomacounty.com/2013/06/county/elder-abuse-reports-on-the-rise-in-county/

the message
The Message
  • Support the Elder Justice Initiative, support this investment in preventing elder abuse
  • Go to www.elderjusticecoalition.com/current-issues for more ways to contact your senator/representative to get the word out
district visit feedback
District Visit Feedback
  • Share what happened!
  • District Visit Report Form available at:http://elderjusticeaction.com/takeaction.html
Q & A
  • Please unmute your line to ask a question
    • Share your Name and State
  • You may also use the chat feature
follow up
Follow Up
  • Would you like the slides sent to you?
  • Additional questions for our speakers?
  • Share your experience, send us your Visit Feedback Form!

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