Elder Justice Task Force
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky and in coordination with the United States Department of Justice Civil Division, has launched an Elder Justice Task Force to combat neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation of seniors occurring in Kentucky.
The Task Force brings together federal, state, and local agencies involved in protecting the elderly. Task Force members include the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Kentucky Department for Financial Services, Kentucky State Police, Jefferson County and Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney’s Offices, Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Social Security Administration, among others.
As part of this initiative, the office is actively engaged in efforts to:
Pursue nursing homes and other facilities that provide grossly substandard care to seniors
Investigate and prosecute financial scams targeting or disproportionately impacting seniors
Promote greater coordination with state and local partners to combat elder abuse
Provide training and resources to law enforcement to identify and respond to elder abuse
For more information about the Department of Justice’s elder justice initiative, please visit elderjustice.gov. There you will also find prosecutor training, the Multidisciplinary Teams Toolkit, and Outreach resources.
Other Elder Justice Resources
The United States Attorney’s Office is primarily a legal office and not an investigative agency. Please keep in mind that this office cannot represent you in any matter. therefore, you may need to consult and retain your own attorney.
Below are some additional resources:
Call the ABUSE TIP hotline: Call (877) ABUSE TIP (877-228-7384) to report suspected abuse and neglect to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Elder Abuse Awareness resources are available through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Enforcement Efforts By The Office
Below you can read more about the office’s enforcement efforts relating to elder justice in the Eastern District of Kentucky: