Eastern District of Pennsylvania Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
As part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is one of 10 federal districts in the United States that formed an Elder Justice Task Force. The Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced its task force here in March 2016, and maintains a website for the public to access here.
The Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s task force met in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, and will meet again in Fall 2017. Task force members include federal, regional, state, and local government officials within the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as advocacy groups that focus on elder justice. Through collaboration, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s task force seeks to enhance government protection of vulnerable, elderly Pennsylvanians from harm, including from: (1) abuse, neglect, and failures of necessary care in nursing homes, hospices, hospitals, personal care homes, and other settings; and (2) financial fraud schemes. The task force also works to ensure the integrity of government spending by eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse in health care programs.
Our office welcomes an opportunity to speak to your group about the Elder Justice Initiative and the publicly available resources that can help us all to advance elder justice in Pennsylvania. If you are interested in a meeting, please contact Margaret Hutchinson at Margaret.Hutchinson@usdoj.gov, or Charlene Keller Fullmer at Charlene.Fullmer@usdoj.gov.