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Bob Ferguson

Attorney General Hosts Vulnerable Adult Summit

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 Vulnerable Adult Initiative: 2008 Final Report

 Resources for Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement Manual
 Resources for Prosecutors
Prosecution Manual
 Resources for Friends & Family
What is vulnerable adult abuse?
Vulnerable Adults Summit Co-Chairs

Dawn Cortez, Director
Washington State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud  Control Unit

Leesa Manion, Deputy Chief of Staff
King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Lynn Mounsey, Assistant Attorney General
Spokane Social  and Health Services Division

Lori Melchiori, Program Manager
Washington Dept. of Social and Health Services
Adult Protective Services

Louise Ryan, Ombudsmandsman
Washington State
Long Term Care Ombudsman

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 /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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