OLYMPIA…Each year more than 565,000 cases of elder abuse are reported in the United States, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, but it is estimated as many as 5 million elders are mistreated each year.
Attorney General Rob McKenna, Social and Health Services Secretary Robin Arnold-Williams, state legislators and the state long-term care ombudsman Wednesday will discuss legislation and other proposals to protect vulnerable adults in Washington.
News conference on initiatives to enhance protections statewide to protect vulnerable adults, including:
· Legislation to enhance Washington’s Vulnerable Adults Protection Act, sponsored by Reps. Jim Moeller and Dawn Morrell
· Reference manuals developed by the Attorney General’s Office to help investigate and prosecute crimes against vulnerable adults
· A statewide Vulnerable Adults Summit
· Attorney General Rob McKenna and Dawn Cortez, head of the AGO Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
· Secretary Robin Arnold-Williams, Department of Social and Health Services
· Washington Long-term Care Ombudsman Louise Ryan
· Rep. Jim Moeller, prime sponsor of HB 1008 to improve the state’s Vulnerable Adults Protection Act
· Rep. Dawn Morrell, co-sponsors of HB 1008
· Sen. Val Stevens, member of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee
1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4
Senate Rules Room, located off the Lt. Governor’s Office on the second floor of the state Capitol in Olympia.
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Contact: Janelle Guthrie, AG Communications Director, (360) 586-0725 or (360) 584-3046