Elder Access to Justice Roundtable

OVERVIEW

The Elder Access to Justice Roundtable was created to bring together diverse representatives of the community to raise awareness, prevent, identify and address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation by enhancing communication, identifying systemic problems, sponsoring training, and improving access to justice and services in Montgomery County.

The Roundtable meets monthly with a membership representing such wide-ranging groups as police, the County Sheriff, the District Attorney and Public Defender’s offices, healthcare and senior providers, legal advocates for seniors, hospitals, community advocates, judges from several Montgomery County judicial systems, the Recorder of Deeds, and members of the Offices of Senior Services, Public Health, Veterans Affairs and the Coroner’s Office. This broad array of professionals touch the lives of seniors in varied ways but come together to share information, expertise, and concern for the senior population of Montgomery County.

Service providers interested in learning more about the Roundtable's work, or attending a monthly meeting, should contact Ashley Kodet at
AKodet@montcopa.org.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Elder Access to Justice Roundtable hosts an annual conference to address issues confronting providers and caregivers in protecting seniors from abuse and neglect. The annual conference is held in June and registration information is made available in April. This conference typically draws over 150 professionals working with seniors including attorneys, bankers, social workers, nurses, facility personnel and more. 

Due to the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency, the 2020 Elder Access to Justice Roundtable Conference has been cancelled. Stay tuned for plans for future programming in the fall of 2020, and the 2021 conference.



​District Attorney's Elder abuse unit

The District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit actively participates in the Elder Access to Justice Roundtable.  

The Elder Abuse Unit investigates and prosecutes crimes which target and victimize the senior residents of Montgomery County including physical and sexual assaults, neglect, theft and financial exploitation.  Unit personnel train both police and prosecutors concerning investigation and prosecution of these crimes, and serves as a resource for educational outreach to senior citizens to provide advice and information about how they can avoid being victimized. Training is also provided to the community regarding how to identify and report signs of abuse.  The Unit works with geriatric and forensic specialists, the Montgomery County Bar Association, victim advocacy groups, and others to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who prey upon senior citizens. 

Elder Abuse Unit personnel also supervise the Elder Abuse Task Force, a multi-disciplinary committee comprised of law enforcement personnel and county agencies which are charged with protecting our senior residents, including Montgomery County Senior Services.  The Task Force coordinates efforts, identifies areas for training, and reviews individual cases of potential elder abuse.  Call 1-800-734-2020 to contact the Elder Abuse Hotline.