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October 31, 2013 | Jennifer Kirchen, Adult Protection Program Administrator, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Adult protection (AP) is charged with promoting the safety of vulnerable adults while respecting choice where appropriate. In Minnesota, adult protective services (APS) are delivered through a county-based service system with state oversight. For years, county AP staff struggled with difficult multi…
October 30, 2013 | Shelly L. Jackson, Fellow, US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, and Carrie F. Mulford, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice
As of 2010, 13% of the United States population was age 65 and older, with this group expected to comprise 19.3% of the population by 2030, according to the 2011 US Census. Many of these older adults will experience some form of elder abuse. There are six types of elder abuse (victim-offender): negl…
October 29, 2013 | Shannon Flasch, Associate Director, NCCD
Each year, a growing number of older and disabled adults are reported to adult protective services (APS) agencies as alleged victims of abuse or neglect, including self-neglect. As contact between APS and vulnerable adults increases, it is critically important to define successful outcomes. Setting…
October 25, 2013 | Erin Manske, Researcher, NCCD
A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses the growing acceptance of the use of risk assessment in parole decisions. However, risk assessments are not new to the criminal justice world. NCCD has been developing actuarial risk assessments for use in juvenile and adult justice settings since the e…
October 24, 2013 | Gara LaMarche, President, Democracy Alliance
NCCD Board Member Gara LaMarche is a senior fellow at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. LaMarche was recently appointed as the new president of the Democracy Alliance, a network of individuals devoted to building the infrastructure needed to execute and advanc…
October 22, 2013 | Kezeli Wold, Director of Field Operations for Adult Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
A popular bumper sticker in the Lone Star State says, “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” Although I am not a native Texan, my 25 years of residency here have led me to adopt the Texas truism that “Everything is bigger in Texas.” So when I was sitting at a conference in Buffalo,…
October 18, 2013 | Gara LaMarche, President, Democracy Alliance
NCCD Board Member Gara LaMarche is a senior fellow at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. LaMarche was recently appointed as the new president of the Democracy Alliance, a network of individuals devoted to building the infrastructure needed to execute and advanc…
October 15, 2013 | Beth Engelking, Assistant Commissioner for Adult Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
I am Texas’s state director for adult protective services (APS) and this is the story of how the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system came to Texas APS.  In order to have the full context you have to go back to 2005. At that time, due to a confluence of events, some not so positive, the APS divi…
October 7, 2013 | Nichole Carlisle, Program Associate, NCCD
Anecdotally, it seems human beings are primed to borrow things and ideas from one another. We do it with recipes, stock tips, and office supplies. We encourage our children to share with one another just as we try to emulate this process ourselves. And yet, when it comes to professional spheres, we…
October 7, 2013 | Shannon Flasch, Associate Director, NCCD
Each year, there are approximately 500,000 incidents of adult maltreatment in the United States. These incidents involve older adults and adults with serious physical and cognitive disabilities. Only a small percentage of these cases are formally reported to the adult protective services (APS) agenc…