Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act Coalition compiles elder abuse documents

As part of an ongoing effort to examine and revise the Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act,  Kevin Hansen of the Elder Care Rights Alliance has compiled an impressive listing of documents addressing a variety of policy issues pertaining to elder abuse.   The documents are listed below:

Capacity to Consent Provisions and Citations

- This is a document detailing how different states define the term "capacity" and when an individual lacking capacity can consent.  Created for the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging.

Effective Court Practices for Abused Elders

- This is a document that analyzes courts that have adopted a specialized response to elder abuse and determines the needs of elderly persons or vulnerable adults who may come before a court requesting assistance for their situation.

NCEA: Analysis of State Adult Protective Services Laws

- This is a link to the National Center on Elder Abuse's website where the NCEA has provided various PDF documents relating to types of abuse that are defined, eligibility requirements, charts pertaining to APS guidelines, and previous legislative reforms from other states.

NCPEA Report on Self-Neglect

- This is a recent report, provided by Barb Doherty, from the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) symposium on Self-Neglect and speaks directly to the complicated issue of protecting a vulnerable adult while still attempting to preserve their autonomy and self-determination.

Silver Alert Initiatives

- A warning system for "wandering" elders and those who may be physically or cognitively impaired has already been attempted in some other states.  Similar to an Amber Alert, the initiatives directly relating to protecting vulnerable adults are called Silver Alerts.

The Janus Report

- This is an analysis of the former Vulnerable Adults Protection Act (VAPA) that existed in Minnesota prior to 1995.  The author of the document is Dr. Eric S. Janus, Professor of Law and current President and Dean of William Mitchell College of Law.  He was commissioned to study the VAPA, as it existed at the time, and report on his findings.  This report was created in August 1990 and revised in November 1991.

2007 Minnesota Government in Brief

- This is the 2007 Minnesota Government in Brief and provides details about such items as the state's population, the number of people the state employs, and how state revenues are allocated.  The publication is divided into four major sections:  demographic and economic data; government organization and employment; government finance; and major government functions and services.

Regulation of Health and Human Services Facilities

- This guidebook provides an overview of state regulation of residential facilities that provide support services for their residents.  The information within was compiled and prepared by the Legislative Analysts in the House Research Department in November 2005.

ABA Elder Abuse Recommendation

- This document is a recommendation by the American Bar Association (Criminal Justice Section, Senior Lawyers Division, Commission on Domestic Violence, and the Commission on Law an Aging) to the House of Delegates to urge federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and their prosecutors to vigorously prosecute cases of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

Banks as Mandated Reporters

-  This paper examines how other states passed legislation to require banks to be mandated reporters, and illustrates methods used to convince the industry to agree.  The paper also describes the current situation of the banking industry in Minnesota.

Long-Term Care Services for the Elderly

- This is an Information Brief prepared by the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department in November 2006.  The document summarizes Medical Assistance eligibility for those who are elderly (defined here as age 65+) and also discusses services and programs available for the elderly.

State Adult Guardianship Legislation

- This is a document containing State Adult Guardianship Legislation Directions of Reform in 2007, created by the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association.  The document highlights legislative reforms that took place in 2007 across the United States.

Nursing Home Inspections

- This is an Evaluation Report Summary prepared by the Office of the Legislative Auditor in February 2005.  The document is about nursing home inspections and details the major findings and proposed recommendations from the authors.

Minnesota Board on Aging:  Survey of Older Minnesotans

- Data tables from the Minnesota Board on Aging Survey of Older Minnesotans in 2005.

Minnesota Statistical Atlas

- A collection of maps of Minnesota that display statistics applied to counties, including vital statistics and medical data.

Medicare Enrollment by State

- Statistics on Medicare enrollment by state from 2000 to 2005.  The document was created by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Nursing Home Statistics in the United States

- Statistics on nursing home characteristics throughout the United States in 2004.  The document was created by the United States Center for Health Statistics.

NCEA Survey of Adult Protective Services

- This is a 2004 survey of state Adult Protective Services on the abuse of adults age 60 and older commissioned by the National Center on Elder Abuse.  This document was created by The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and The National Adult Protective Services Association.

Nursing Home Abuse Risk Prevention Profile and Checklist

- Report created by the National Center on Elder Abuse and the National Association of State Units on Aging that offers suggestions on prevention planning, prevention strategies, and insight into why nursing home residents are at risk of abuse.

Minnesota Crisis Curriculum: A Mental Health Manual

- A 30-hour crisis training curriculum for mental health practitioners and rehabilitation workers created by the Department of Human Services Adult Mental Health Division.

DHS Training Manual for APS Investigations

- The Minnesota Department of Human Services Guidelines to the Investigation of  Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment was created to aid county workers in the investigation of vulnerable adult reports. The manual provides guidance on the Vulnerable Adult Act including information on interviewing vulnerable adults and alleged perpetrators, organizing an investigation, assessment tools and more.

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