Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson


SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna is set to announce aggressive new proposals to protect our state’s vulnerable adults -- the elderly and those with mental or physical disabilities.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Department of Social and Health Services Assistant Secretary Kathy Leitch will appear with McKenna to outline what needs to be done to better protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens.

WHAT:        Press Conference: Protecting Vulnerable Adults

WHO:           Attorney General Rob McKenna
                        Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor
                        Kathy Leitch, Assistant Secretary, Aging and Disability Services Administration, Washington State
                        Department of Social and Health Services
WHEN:        Tuesday, Sept. 9
                        10 –11am

WHERE:     Merrill Gardens
                        805 4th Ave. North
                        Seattle, Washington 98109
                        (206) 284-0055
                        Street parking available; Mercer Garage available a few blocks away

DETAILS:     Washington State’s Adult Protective Services (APS) program received more than 13,000 reports of abuse, abandonment, neglect, self-neglect and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults in 2006 alone. In the same year, APS received more reports of allegations of financial exploitation against vulnerable adults than any other kind of mistreatment.

These startling numbers led to the establishment of the attorney general’s Vulnerable Adult Initiative. After more than a year of work, these caregivers, law enforcement officers and social workers are ready to release their final report.



Janelle Guthrie, AGO Communications Director, (360) 586-0725