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Preliminary Report Referrals and Service Provision for Elder Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation, Report No. 98-29, December 1998
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  • There is little historical data available on the number of elder victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation referred to the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Based on limited available data, we estimate that between 1,400 and 3,100 elder abuse victims were referred during the July 1997 through September 1998 period. Approximately two-thirds of the cases we reviewed were served within three days of their referral.
  • There are several likely effects of 1998 statutory changes to the referral process, which require DCF to refer to DOEA all elder victims of self-neglect who need services and DOEA to serve within 72 hours all DCF referrals who need immediate services to prevent further harm. These changes will likely result in minimal increases in DCF referrals, the placement of additional lower-risk clients on waiting lists, and enhanced cooperation between DCF and DOEA staff.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Adult Services
Medicaid Aged and Disabled Adult Waiver
Home and Community-Based Services Program

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-66 Justification Review: Services to Elders Program, Department of Elder Affairs, published in December 2001.
  • Report No. 01-04 Program Review: High-Risk Elder Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation Quickly Served; Data Problems Remain, published inĀ  January 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: Department of Elder Affairs Should Study the Pros and Cons of Changing Planning and Service Areas, published in June 1999.
  • 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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