Webinar presenters Julie Schoen and Kim D’Amico answered a number of your questions after their presentation, “Using the New Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement: A New Tool to Help in Elder Abuse Cases.” Here are just a few of their responses.
Audience Question: One, can they use the resources on the side? Two, are there any restrictions about reusing the information for training other people?
Julie Schoen: No. That’s the whole purpose. Use it, take it. DOJ wants it out there, dissemination is a huge part of our goal. We would appreciate we’d like to hear when you do so we can let them know but yeah, this is for you. You don’t have to redo it if you find it helpful.
Kim D’Amico: No, absolutely. Wholeheartedly agree.
Audience Question: Do you have any handout materials that we can order or use to provide the local officers to make them more aware of EAGLE? Is that part of the toolkit that you have?
Julie Schoen: Now we have like things to take at the conferences. Lauren’s training, do you have any idea?
Lauren: Yeah, we have a few items that we take to conferences that we haven’t printed yet but we’d be happy to send them your way. Again, like Julie said, no need to reinvent the wheel just e-mail us and we’ll work with you. We want to, like Julie said, disseminate this. This is all about helping the elders and helping the law enforcement.
Audience Question: Next question just a confirmation; Today’s video is on the EAGLE website so they could go back and watch that video again because a few folks have some technical issues during those video portion of the webinar. That is part of the EAGLE website, right?
Julie Schoen: Yes. That’s right.
Christina: We’ll include the link to the course resource page.
Audience Question: Is EAGLE limited to only law enforcement or can anyone else from the justice profession use it?
Julie Schoen: Anyone.
Kim D’Amico: Anyone at all. The URL is not restricted. There’s no sign on. None of the information is gated. Anyone at all could use it.
Audience Question: Is this being used by all states? Specifically is this being uniformly by law enforcement in Ohio?
Julie Schoen: We would hope so. That’s why we had the, you know all the resources in every state and territory — Guam and Puerto Rico, that we have information available, so yeah. It’s meant for everyone. Depending on all of you to get the word out because although we’ve taken out ads in law enforcement magazines and we’ve done something, it’s really probably going to be a lot of word of mouth.
Audience Question: Next question again, these next couple of questions go together. Julie we’ve had a number of questions come in about the accuracy of information or the currency or relevancy of the information on the site. First, how did the laws get updated? How often did they get updated? What are your plans for continuously updating this site?
Julie Schoen: As Kim mentioned, we have an amazing group of individuals that from university law school who give us all the current information but keeping up with that is going to be a challenge and so we at USC are using our student intern base to keep calling all the archives and the legal site to update. If anybody knows that something that just happened, we’d love to hear it because then it can be updated and put on but we’re going to try our best. Kind of doing like doing a quarterly scroll through and trying to update it accordingly. But everything that’s up there is probably as about a month ago is current.
Audience Question: And so if they do have updates, or if they have changes, should they just e-mail the firstname.lastname@example.org is that the e-mail that they should use?
Julie Schoen: Yes.
Audience Question: Is this a tool for APS documentation in a way or is that a completely separate conversation?
Kim D’Amico: Well, APS can make a great stride in doing a lot on their own with their reporting. But if this is of value to them, absolutely. We presented to different (indiscernible1:04:04), the National Adult Protective Services Association and many people say they would love to use the checklist on things. We don’t want to interfere with anything that is standardized for them. But if this enhances and helps, we’d absolutely love for people to use it.
Audience Question: The EAGLE information is fine. It looks terrific but there are simply not enough resources and/or staff and it seems like elder abuse is not always a higher priority to the upper levels despite the lip service and good intentions. Julie, you’ve been around this issue for quite a while now. Are you seeing changes and evolutions in terms of the leadership’s willingness to identify and prosecute elder abuse cases? What’s your take on the changing landscape?
Julie Schoen: There’s a lot in that question. As far as from where I came in the last 5 years, I’ve been with the NCEA, yes. The collaboration between the Department of Justice, between legislators who had these pattern carrying on elder abuse and in nursing home issues. Now people don’t see the full picture of elder abuse. They zero in on financial. They don’t talk about physical. They certainly don’t talk about sexual abuse. We’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m not saying by any means that it is more on people’s radar, it is you know, we are getting more attention. APS needs way more funding. There’s a lot of work to be done but I am encouraged and I think that the support of all these different MDTs coming together and saying you know, multidisciplinary teams are working, we are collaborating, we are not withholding information. I am very positive about the future and I hope we can get a lot of younger people, younger students, people involved and passionate to carry it forward so I think that’s a very vague answer on my part but I do see solutions to the problem of the social injustice issue of elder abuse and I’m hoping that EAGLE is part of that solution.
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