JSPAN Supports Obama’s Elder Justice Initiative

(JSPAN) The Elder Justice Act, which provides federal resources to “prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse, neglect and exploitation,” became law four years ago. However, Congress has yet to provide any funding.

Federal funding has never been appropriated to establish a national infrastructure for adult protective services (APS), and currently, no national database or national standards are in existence.

President Obama’s financial year 2015 budget proposes $25 million for an Elder Justice Initiative, including $13.8 million for APS. It will also provide $11.2 million for evidence-based research, including elder abuse screening, and will establish a better knowledge base about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) has joined the Elder Justice Coalition in support of the President’s budget request.