On June 1, 2007, the Attorney General's Office hosted more than 100 statewide experts for at a Vulnerable Adults Summit. The summit focused on the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the vulnerable adult community.
The summit consisted of a series of breakout sessions with participants forming workgroups to identify and implement solutions, such as methods to improve cross-community coordination and potential legislation.
Issues in Protecting Vulnerable Adults
Audio of selected portions of the program:
- Opening remarks by the Attorney General
- Opening remarks by Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Director Dawn Cortez
- Perspective from Department of Social and Health Services by Adult Protective Services Program Manager Lori Melchiori
- Perspective from AG's Consumer Protection Unit by Outreach Coordinator Rebecca Sears
- Perspective from Law Enforcement by Spokane Detective Kirk Kimberly
- Perspective from Long-Term Care Ombudsman Louise Ryan
- Perspective from King County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Leary
- Perspective from Sen. Rosa Franklin
- Perspective from Rep. Jim Moeller
- Perspective from the Banking Industry by Rainier Pacific Bank's Lisa Johnson
Summit participants were tasked by the Attorney General's Office and the summit co-chairs to identify the critical issues impacting vulnerable adults. By the end of the session, summit participants had established a list of nearly 90 areas of concern — issues that could be addressed by lawmakers, caregivers, advocates and the community at large. The full list may be found at http://www.atg.wa.gov/vulnerableadults.aspx.
At the summit’s conclusion, participants were asked to identify themselves and others as possible contributors to solution-oriented work groups. Work groups were subsequently assembled and presented their reports to the Attorney General's Office on May 9, 2008.
Their final report was released later that year-- and serves as the basis for legislation requested by the Attorney General's Office in the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions.
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