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Groups sought to help prevent crimes against older adults

The Aging & Adult Services Agency, under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, has issued a request for proposal open to Michigan’s aging network and its partners to help combat some of the fastest-growing crimes in the state, crimes against older adults.

Funding is available to applicants under AASA’s Prevent Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect Today (PREVNT) initiative. Grants from $25,000 and up to $1 million are available for organizations to provide AASA with a strategic plan or project to meet the initiative’s goals. Funding may be awarded to a single grantee or multiple grantees.

The purpose of this grant is to support new or ongoing elder abuse prevention and detection efforts; raise awareness through education; identify and replicate best practices; and provide trainings in the areas of elder abuse prevention laws, reporting and screening. Proposals for grant funding may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

• Supporting the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation cases by providing training and resources to local investigators and prosecutors.

• Supporting the protection of elder abuse victims by improving identification of abuse and enhancing responses and outreach to victims.

• Developing elder abuse prevention systems based upon standardized data collection and a core set of service provision standards and best practices.

• Supporting a coordinating council focused on elder abuse prevention activities and best practices.

• Developing public awareness campaigns with clear and consistent messaging to raise awareness and better the understanding of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

• Developing training to educate stakeholders across multiple sectors and disciplines on preventing, detecting, intervening in, and responding to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

• Preventing, detecting, and responding to elder financial exploitation through enforcement activities, policy initiatives, coordination, oversight, and education and by collaborating with partners to enhance fraud detection and provide resources for victims.

• Improving screening for diminished capacity, diminished financial capacity, and vulnerability to or victimization of financial exploitation.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 17 at 3 p.m.  The PREVNT initiative project period is Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2018. 

For additional information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website (http://egrams-mi.com/dch) and click the “About EGrAMS” link on the left panel to access the “Competitive Application Instructions” training manual.  The complete request for proposals document can be accessed on the MI E-Grants website in the ‘Current Grants’ section by clicking the “Aging and Adult Services” link and accessing the “PRVNT-2018” grant program.

The state estimates that as many as 90,000 vulnerable adults in Michigan are victims of crimes every year, with many of these crimes going unreported.