Representative James O’Day and Senator Jehlen announce release of Elder Protective Services Commission Report

BOSTON—Thursday, October 23, 2014 — Representative James O’Day (D-West Boylston) and Senator Patricia D. Jehlen (D-Somerville) co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs and co-chairs of the Elder Protective Services Commission, announce the publication of the Commission’s report to the Legislature. The Fiscal Year 2013 budget created the Elder Protective Services Commission, and charged the commission with studying and making recommendations to the Legislature on strategies to examine best practices for the prevention and detection of elder abuse.

Recommendations in the report include reinstatement of geriatric mental health services, and statewide core curriculum training for protective service workers. Creation of a financial abuse specialist team, which has begun development and has received funding in the FY15 budget, is also included in the elder protective services commission report.

“Both Senator Jehlen and I are very lucky, as co-chairs of this commission to have so many experts around the table to help us come up with recommendations to help keep our safe. Our report reflects a broad range of innovative ideas because we used a collaborative method,” said Representative James O’Day. “I am proud of this report, and I look forward to working with my colleagues here in the legislature, and in the administration to implement the recommendations in this report.’

“We have become all too aware of the numerous cases statewide of older people neglecting themselves, being abused, or being exploited; the number is only projected to increase, along with the increase in the overall elder population, over the next two decades,” said Senator Jehlen. “I’m grateful the Commission has laid out an initial roadmap toward preventing cases whenever possible and strengthening our existing elder protective services network.”