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Specialized Elder Abuse Case Consultation Services
Available for NYC Professionals
Professionals working with older adults might detect elder abuse but are often unsure of how to proceed in assessing and assisting the victims and their family members. NYCEAC has a team of specialists providing case consultation services to professionals on a range of elder abuse case-related issues.
- Consult types? Specialists are available from the fields of forensic accounting, geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and social work. See Types of Consultations below for more information.
- Fees? No fees. Elder abuse case consultation services are made possible through funding from the NYC Department for the Aging, and are thus offered free of charge.
- Eligibility? Any professional from any discipline or system can access this case consultation service, provided that the elder abuse victim the consultation is focused on is 60 or over AND resides in Brooklyn or Manhattan. (These services will be offered in all boroughs by September 2018.)
- Access? You access these services by contacting NYCEAC’s Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist/MDT Coordinator, Peg Horan, LMSW, via cell 917-519-1514 and 212-746-7211 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you are a rep serving on NYCEAC’s Brooklyn EMDT or Manhattan EMDT, you can contact the specialists directly.)
- Include in your email or phone message the best time to reach you to discuss your case consultation request.
- Please do not put any details of the case, nor any identifying information about the victim, in any email.
- Case consults will be scheduled ASAP, upon availability. These consultations are usually provided by phone, but at times are provided in-person.
Please Note: These consult services are a resource for professionals to clarify forensic accounting, psychiatric, medical, social work and safety planning questions that emerge when detecting elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation and conducting assessments and interventions on these cases. This consultation service is not focused on treatment or emergencies. For medical emergencies, call 911. Or, if you call the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s (NYPH) ambulance – 212-472-2222, the victim will be brought to NYPH’s emergency room and be assisted by the Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT) emergency room-based elder abuse response. Please inform the NYPH ambulance dispatcher you’re activating VEPT.
Types of Consultations
Forensic Accountant Consultations
Forensic accountants use auditing and investigative skills to produce evidence of financial matters for use in various legal proceedings. NYCEAC has contracted with a forensic accountant who can provide elder financial exploitation case consults on numerous concerns, for example:
- Assisting with identifying the specific documents needed to develop the case
- Determining an appropriate timespan for the documents collected
- Reviewing documents
- Discerning elements of exploitation
Geriatric Psychiatrist (Geropsychiatrist) Consultations
Geriatric psychiatrists, also known as geropsychiatrists, are physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, including dementia, affective disorders, anxiety and personality disorders, late life addictions and psychoses, in adults aged 60 and older. A number of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine geriatric psychiatrists are available through NYCEAC to provide elder abuse case consults on non-emergent geropsychiatric concerns, for example:
- Psychiatric diagnoses
- Memory disorders
- Medications, including psychotropic medications in the elderly
Physician Elder Abuse Specialists typically have additional geriatrics training, and many are geriatricians. They have expertise assessing older adults for signs of elder mistreatment. A number of the NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine physicians are available through NYCEAC to provide elder abuse case consultations on non-emergent medical concerns, for example:
- Review physical injury patterns for suspicious features
- Evaluate radiographic or laboratory findings for signs of abuse or neglect
- Interpret medical records
- Identify the role that medication use or misuse may be playing in a case
- Advise when emergent medical assessment is needed
Social Work Consultations
Social Work Elder Abuse Specialists have expertise in helping to prevent, detect, assess and respond to elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation cases. These specialists are available through NYCEAC to provide case consultations on an array of concerns, for example:
- Prevention, detection and assessment of all types of elder mistreatment
- Interventions with victims and their family members
- Safety planning
- Resources, including elder abuse multidisciplinary teams