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Elder Justice Neighborhood Resources

Select any U.S. state or territory to find elder justice resources.
Type of Help Sort descending Program Name Contact Information Website
Adult Protective Services Illinois Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-866-800-1409
TTY/TDD: 1-888-206-1327
https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/ProtectionAdvocacy/Pages/abuse.aspx
Aging & Disability Resource Center Illinois Aging and Disability Center (ADRC) Phone: 800-326-3221 http://www.agesmart.org/aging-and-disability-resource-centeradrc/
Counseling Resources to Recover, Mental Health Resources in Illinois Phone: 203-724-9070
help@rtor.org
https://www.rtor.org/mental-health-illinois/
Counseling Illinois Department of Human Services, Mental Health http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29735
Counseling Mental Health America of Illinois Phone: 312-368-9070 http://www.mhai.org/resources/
Crime Victims Compensation Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Hotline: 1-800-228-3368
TTY/TDD: 1-877-398-1130
http://www.ag.state.il.us/victims/cvc.html
Department of Transportation Illinois Department of Transportation Phone: 217-782-7820
TTY/TDD: 866-273-3681
http://www.idot.illinois.gov/
Elder Abuse Shelters Center for Prevention of Abuse Phone: 800-559-7233 http://www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org/
Food Programs Illinois Food Connections http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=31245
Legal Aid Illinois Attorney General Legal Assistance Referrals http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/hotlines.html

The Neighborhood of Resources Involved in an Elder Abuse Case

Adult Protective Services (APS)

A state social service program that can take reports of alleged abuse, or neglect/self-neglect of vulnerable adults age 18 or older. APS can assess and determine the needs of the elder abuse victim. Some professionals are mandatory reporters.

Programs for Underserved Communities

Programs designed to serve those areas or groups that are geographically isolated (such as isolated in a rural area); racial and ethnic minority populations; and populations underserved because of special needs (such as language barriers, disabilities, alien status, or age) by providing a range of services such as education, health and other support.

State Office of Rural Health (SORH)

SORHs have a core charge of providing technical assistance to rural health organizations, information dissemination of rural relevant information to key stakeholders and rural health entities, and providing coordination efforts for rural health activities to reduce duplication.

Office on Aging

Some states have an Office on Aging that coordinates state and federal services to older residents including but not limited to Area Agencies on Aging, which work with local service providers to deliver direct aging services (such as meals, transportation and in-home services) and may also provide information and referral/assistance, case management, benefits/health insurance counseling and family caregiver support programs.

Transportation

Some states may provide local transportation may have special rides (paratransit) for the elderly, and assist with transportation to court or to witness conferences.  

Aging & Disability Resource Centers

Some states provide information on available services and support for those who are aging or who have a disability.

LTC Ombudsman

The long-term care (LTC) ombudsman advocates for the rights of nursing home or long-term care residents.   

Counseling

State departments of mental health, elder shelters, or local elder advocacy groups may provide information on counseling or support groups.

Crime Victims Compensation

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC’s) VOCA Compensation Formula Grant Program reimburses victims for financial losses resulting from their victimization. OVC disburses these funds to supplement state programs that provide financial assistance and reimbursement to victims for crime-related expenses, including medical and dental care, counseling, funeral and burial expenses, and lost wages. Compensation programs may also reimburse victims for other types of expenses related to their victimization, such as travel, temporary lodging, crime scene cleanup, and dependent care.

Local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs

Domestic violence programs vary by state and may be able to assist older victims of domestic abuse.

Legal Aid

Legal aid may provide help in filing for a civil protective order, changing a will, appointing a power of attorney, or other legal matters.

Food Programs for Older Adults

The Older Americans Act Title III grants authorize programs for State and Community Programs on Aging; and the Title VI Grants authorize programs for American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians. The purposes of these programs are to 1) reduce hunger and food insecurity, 2) promote socialization, 3) promote health and well-being, and 4) delay adverse health conditions. The intent is to make community-based nutrition services available to older adults who may be at risk of losing their independence and their ability to remain in the community.

The programs such as food banks provide health-promoting meals.

Elder Shelters

Some states have shelters that specialize in helping elder abuse victims.