The state Department of Human Services has received a federal grant of $350,000 a year for three years, which it will use to improve reporting and tracking of abuse, exploitation and neglect of elderly state residents.
The grant, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, will go for a statewide database to serve the state’s Adult Protective Services (APS) provider network. The department says the effort will improve the quality of the data maintained and create one standardized and streamlined client information system.
APS agencies in each of the state’s 21 counties receive and investigate reports of maltreatment of vulnerable adults and take appropriate steps to ensure their health and safety.
“As our population ages, we have an obligation to help ensure that older New Jerseyans are safe and well cared for in our communities,” said NJ Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “Building a standardized way to identify, track and assess outcomes for elder abuse, neglect and exploitation is key to achieving that goal.”
Anyone who suspects abuse, neglect or exploitation of an elderly person is urged to call their local APS agency or, in an emergency, 9-1-1 or the local police.