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State offers elder abuse awareness license plate; Proceeds will fund local prevention outreach efforts; commitments needed by May 30

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  Kim Baker, (502) 564-7043; Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


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FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 23, 2007) – Kentuckians can become a driving force in helping local groups prevent elder abuse by committing to the purchase of a specialized vehicle license plate.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is promoting the sale of the elder abuse awareness license plates. The license plates were designed by the Council for Elder Maltreatment Prevention in Madison County and Sen. Ed Worley, D-Richmond. At least 900 commitments are needed by May 30 to start production.

“These plates will generate funds for the critical issue of elder abuse prevention, and they will also serve as reminders throughout our communities to protect seniors,” Worley said. “I encourage Kentuckians to support prevention efforts by purchasing one of these specialized licenses. “

The specialized plate costs $43. Part of the cost -- $28 -- is to be paid at the time of application, and $15 is to be paid to the County Clerk’s office at the time of receipt.

A tax-deductible $12 from the cost of each plate will be divided among the state’s Local Coordinating Councils on Elder Abuse (LCCEAs).

LCCEAs provide elder abuse education outreach at the local and regional level. Forty-two councils cover 113 counties.

“This is much-needed funding for groups that closely follow the needs of their communities,” said Kimberly Baker, a specialist in the division’s Adult Safety Branch. “These groups are instrumental in creating and coordinating collaborative resources to meet the needs of the most vulnerable citizens within their communities.”

LCCEAs operate under joint leadership of the Area Agencies on Aging and CHFS’ Adult Protective Services Branch. Members include CHFS staff, law enforcement officers, business leaders, health care providers and advocates. Councils monitor and evaluate the quality of services and protection in their communities and coordinate the services of local groups that work with elder victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

“Elder abuse is a growing problem,” Baker said. “LCCEAs have committed to working with other community groups like law enforcement, banks and churches to protect seniors from physical, financial and emotional abuse and neglect.”

May is Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in Kentucky.

Baker said purchasing a specialized plate is a simple effort that will make a big difference for Kentucky seniors. She said LCCEA members are hopeful they can get the required 900 commitments.

“We hope not to waste this great opportunity to help educate citizens at the local level,” she said. “The first step in making a change is greater education, and the funding from these plates will help with that.”

For an application, call Baker at (502) 564-7043, ext. 4496. All applications and $28 payments should be sent to the following address: CEMP Council, PO Box 690, Richmond, KY 40475. Checks should be made payable to the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

For more information about elder abuse prevention and the LCCEA network, log on to http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/eaa/.
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Last Updated 5/23/2007