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June 15, 2018 | NCCD
Our series on adult protection continues with this short video on elder abuse, created by NCCD for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This annual international UN observance takes place every June 15 so that the entire world might voice its opposition to “the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of o…
June 1, 2018 | Jennifer Cotter
The adult protective services (APS) field is new to the idea of data-driven decision making. What has been demonstrated over and over again across industries such as medicine, sports, business, and social services is that data and data analytics can help people make better decisions. When it comes t…
May 16, 2018 | Jennifer Cotter
Frequent flyers, super utilizers, returners, hot spotters—these are some of the terms used to describe the phenomenon of recurrent use of public or social services. In other industries, these terms may suggest additional services, incentives, seat upgrades, and free drinks. In public and social ser…
May 8, 2018 | Debra Illingworth Greene
An 80-year-old woman with progressive dementia lives with her son and attends an adult day center twice a week. She shows up one day with bruising around her wrists. A 64-year-old man, who uses a wheelchair and lives with his sister, has a hard time getting around their apartment due to the amount o…
May 8, 2018 | Debra Illingworth Greene
When I was young, celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with my family prompted the same question every year from my sister and me: “But when is kid’s day?” My parents’ answer was always the same: “Every day is kid’s day.” For someone growing up in a safe and stable home, like me, that really wa…
April 25, 2018 | Lucy Hodgman
Lucy Hodgman
As Taiwan prepares to implement Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessments, NCCD staff have had some exciting work experiences there. I was delighted to accompany Raelene Freitag, NCCD’s manager of international and special projects, to Taipei in January 2018. Our task was to assist workgroups de…
March 27, 2018 | Chris Scharenbroch
Chris Scharenbroch
My wife and I are raising three young boys. They are already fantastic negotiators and have an arsenal of tactics to use when interested in staying out longer, getting us to spend money, or asking for treats. Their current go-to argument is, “This isn’t fair.” They claim that our parenting tolerance…
February 27, 2018 | Colleen Kerwin, NCCD
Colleen Kerwin
We think of risk as the likelihood of a particular event taking place. Insurance companies are concerned about your risk of experiencing a car accident; doctors want to know your risk of developing heart disease. At NCCD, we are interested in the risk of individuals reentering the child protection,…
January 30, 2018 | Karen Meulendyke
Karen Meulendyke
The District of Columbia Department of Human Services has been committed to protecting older and vulnerable adults since establishing its Adult Protective Services (APS) in 1985. However, in 2017, the agency stepped up its commitment by moving to the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system of resea…
January 16, 2018 | Jess Haven
Jess Haven
Not long after joining NCCD nearly a year ago, I had the opportunity to participate in my first onsite work visit: to observe colleagues delivering safety-organized practice training to child protection supervisors in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A lifelong Midwesterner, it was my first time in the stat…