The Coalition of Elder Justice in CT ~ A multi-disciplinary, statewide group of private and public stakeholders working together to prevent elder abuse and protect the rights, independence, security, and well-being of vulnerable elders.”
The Coalition for Elder Justice in CT was formed by the State Department on Aging in 2013 to lead and convene public and private stakeholders addressing elder justice issues in Connecticut. Governor Dannel Malloy recognized the Coalition and authorized the active participation by various state departments to collaborate and protect elders from multiple forms of elder abuse as illustrated in Executive Order 42. Since that time, the Coalition has hosted annual Seminars and Coordinating Council sessions and our partners have increased two-fold. A number of Action Teams have also been working on such issues as Financial Exploitation, Bank and Faith-Based training, and partnering with AARP Fraud Watch. With the recent award of an Administration of Community Living grant, support will be provided for Conservator Web-based Training, Law Enforcement training, and Elder Abuse Awareness.
While the day to day coordination and operations are executed by Co-Chairs, lead staff of the State Unit on Aging – Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Steering Committee is comprised of five key, member organizations with distinct expertise in elder abuse. Together they provide support, guidance and oversight of progress on behalf of the Coalition.
The Coordinating Council, an appointed body, is comprised of approximately twenty-five member organizations from within and outside of state government whose role is paramount in aging, disability, advocacy, elder rights, law enforcement, finance, education, insurance, victim services and business. The Council oversees the general operations of the Coalition.
The Coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of agencies and organizations that are partnering to achieve the vision and goals of the Coalition. Membership is open to all interested stakeholders at no cost. Members receive information and updates, and have opportunities to attend seminars and the annual meetings and participate in Action Teams.
The Coalition works to fulfill its mission through action teams of members who have identified concerns that impact the state’s ability to support an adequate public-private infrastructure and the resources needed to be in a place to prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Coordinating Council Agency Members
Better Business Bureau
CT Alzheimer’s Association
CT Bar Association
CT Chiefs of Police Association
CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence
CT Department of Banking
CT Department of Consumer Protection
CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
CT Department of Public Health
CT Department of Social Services - Protective Services for the Elderly
CT Division of Criminal Justice - Office of the Chief State’s Attorney
CT Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Jewish Senior Services (CAPE)
Legal Services Organizations of CT
Office of the Probate Court Administrator
Office of the State Attorney General
Office of the Victim’s Advocate
State Police Training Academy - CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
State Unit on Aging, Department of Aging and Disability Services