Deemed More Vulnerable to Abuse: Seniors, and People with DD

The DODD Major Unusual Incident (MUI) Unit, in cooperation with County Boards of DD and other service providers, continues to work diligently on improving our system for reporting and investigating MUIs pertaining to individuals served – some of the most vulnerable citizens in the state. Reporting, immediate action, notifications, thorough investigations, and prevention planning continue to be the foundation upon which a successful service delivery system is built. The MUI Unit supports efforts to improve reporting of suspected abuse involving individuals with developmental disabilities and senior citizens, and features this and other information in the Unit’s next issue of Well-Informed newsletter, Spring 2015, publishing at the end of this month. All issues are archived online at Well-Informed newsletter.

Ad Campaign Stresses Reporting Suspected Abuse

Attorney General (AG) Mike DeWine and the Out­door Advertising Association of Ohio have joined forces in donating space on more than 200 tradi­tional and digital billboards across the state to urge anyone who suspects a friend or loved one is being abused, to report their suspicions to local authori­ties, or to the AG’s office. The billboards will be seen throughout May, in recognition of Older Americans Month. DeWine stated,

Elder abuse is a very serious, and often unreported issue, and we all must work together to protect Ohio’s older adults. They are among the most vul­nerable citizens in our communities.”

He added, “I am hopeful that this billboard cam­paign will encourage residents to look for signs of elder abuse and report them to authorities so that those who take advantage of the elderly in Ohio can be held accountable.”

Crime Victims with Disabilities to Get More Help from the State

“Ohio is expected to get a big boost in federal crime victims funds this year and programs for disabled crime victims (sic) are likely to get a significant chunk of it,” according to Attorney General Mike DeWine, at the recent ‘2 Days in May’ crime victims conference.

Ohio has been receiving about $15 million in federal dollars for crime victims, and the allocation may improve to as much as $60 million, allowing for additional victim assistance. According to DeWine, some of the additional money will be targeted for education, prevention, and enforcement programs for crimes against people with disabilities.