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Governor Fletcher announces project to study process of adult protective services investigations; State partners with UK for first comprehensive study of its kind in the nation

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 08, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2007) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is partnering with the University of Kentucky’s Graduate Center for Gerontology to study procedures for investigating alleged abuse of vulnerable older adults in Kentucky. 

The study will evaluate adult protective services procedures and track every case initiated during the week of Oct. 1 through Oct. 8.

Governor Ernie Fletcher said the study is the next step after the passage of the elder abuse bill in 2005.

“The law I signed in 2005 is another step toward protecting senior citizens from being physically and financially abused,” Governor Fletcher said. “This study will ensure that adult protective services staff are doing all they can to shield seniors from further neglect.”

The collaborative study is part of DCBS’ initiative to implement more evidence-based practice and will explore prevention, intervention, investigation and agency coordination of adult protective services.

Kentucky is the first state in the country to begin a comprehensive study of adult protective services staff’s responsiveness to the vulnerable 60-and-older population.

After data is gathered, DCBS staff will assess the needs of clients and report the progress of each case. Staff involved in the study will then be interviewed about resource availability and service barriers across the state.

With the number of older Kentuckians growing, CHFS staff expects a rise in adult protective services cases. This study will assess how a sample of cases is handled from referral to closure and note any pattern of obstacles or the benefits of a particular resource.

Cabinet leadership will receive a report at the end of the study to assist in changing and creating policies on services to vulnerable seniors.

Inquiries concerning the research can be directed to Jim Grace at james.grace@ky.gov or (502) 564-6852.

For more information about CHFS’ elder abuse awareness efforts, log on to http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/eaa/.

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Last Updated 10/8/2007