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High-Risk Elder Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation Quickly Served; Data Problems Remain, Report No. 01-04, January 2001
 
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  • Although the number of elder victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation referred from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to the Department of Elder Affairs  (DOEA) has increased in most areas of the state, these caseload increases have not impeded DOEA’s ability to serve high-priority clients.  However, the caseload increases have resulted in more lower-priority clients being placed on DOEA waiting lists.
  • Despite improvements, DCF and DOEA data do not provide a complete and accurate assessment of the number of elder victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation referred to DOEA or the timeliness of services provided to them.  Problems include discrepancies in the number of referrals reported, lack of capacity to report why some high-risk referrals are not served in a timely manner, and aggregate reporting of services for lower-risk referrals.
  • Cooperation between DCF and DOEA in serving elder victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation generally has increased or been maintained as a result of the 1998 law changes.  But there are problems in some areas of the state that should be addressed.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Medicaid Aged and Disabled Adult Waiver
Volunteer and Community Initiatives
Department of Elder Affairs
Mental Health Services
Health Quality Assurance

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 03-08 Progress Report: Improvements Needed in the Department of Children and Families Adult Services Program, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 01-66 Justification Review: Services to Elders Program, Department of Elder Affairs, published in December 2001.
  • Report No. 01-08 Justification Review: DCF’s Adult Services Program Meeting Goals; Data Reliability, Case Management Need Work, published in February 2001.
  • Report No. 99-51 Progress Report: Other Initiatives to Decrease Long-Term Care Costs Should Accompany Medicaid Waiver Expansion, published in May 2000.
  • Report No. 98-83 Progress Report: Elder Affairs Takes Steps to Separate Case Management from Other Services, published in June 1999.
  • Report No. 98-81 Progress Report: DOEA Should Study the Pros and Cons of Changing Planning and Service Areas, published in June 1999.
  • Report No. 98-29 Preliminary Report Referrals and Service Provision for Elder Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation, published in December 1998.
  • Report No. 96-87 Reconfiguring the Planning and Service Areas Covered by Florida's Area Agencies on Aging, published in June 1997.
  • Report No. 96-80 The Role of Area Agencies on Aging in Providing Case Management Services to Florida's Elders, published in April 1997.

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