Contact: Jennifer Putney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2021
Prosecutor’s Office Seeks MDHHS Grant To Prevent Elder Abuse
Mount Clemens, Michigan — Today the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office submitted a grant application to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to enhance elder abuse prevention programming in Macomb County.
The MDHHS expects to award approximately $500,000 between Oct. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2022 to government organizations, educational organizations and nonprofit organizations that provide services to prevent physical, mental and/or financial abuse of elderly and vulnerable populations.
The Prosecutor’s Office is requesting the maximum applicant award of $200,000. With the grant money, the Prosecutor plans to assemble a multidisciplinary work group comprised of law enforcement agencies, social workers, elder abuse advocates and medical professionals. The focus will be obtaining the necessary information to train financial institutions, caregivers and relatives of elderly and vulnerable populations to recognize and report instances of abuse. The Prosecutor’s Office will also increase public awareness of such abuse through community outreach programs such as speaking to elderly organizations and distributing informational brochures throughout Macomb County. If approved, the Prosecutor’s Office will also hire an additional Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Program Administrator to run the program.
These programs will begin to advance the newly created Financial Exploitation Prevention Act, which Prosecutor Peter J. Lucido sponsored while serving as a Michigan State Senator. The Act requires financial institutions to implement a training policy for employees to recognize financial exploitation of elderly and vulnerable persons and to report such exploitation to law enforcement agencies or Adult Protective Services. Since becoming Prosecutor, Lucido has continued to make elder abuse prevention his priority. As the population of Macomb County continues to age, elderly abuse should be detected and reported immediately.
“Abuse has no place in anyone’s life,” stated Prosecutor Lucido, “especially those that are vulnerable and elderly. We need to make sure that the Golden Years stay golden.”