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April 03, 2007
MEDIA ADVISORY: Protecting our most vulnerable: State leaders discuss proposals to keep elders safe

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

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