Archstone Foundation Launches Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative

Posted December 13, 2005 | Archived News | 2005-2009

The Board of Directors of Archstone Foundation, a grantmaking foundation committed to preparing society for the growing needs of an aging population, announced the approval of 19 grants under Phase I of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative, totaling $3,665,496 over two years. Grants were approved during the Board's quarterly meeting in December.
 
"Elder abuse is a crime without boundaries, crossing all racial, social, class, gender and geographic lines. As the older adult population in California continues to increase, it is anticipated that the rate of elder abuse will also increase," said Joseph F. Prevratil, president and CEO of Archstone Foundation. "To respond to this growing need, Archstone Foundation has committed $8 million over five years for the Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative. The goal of the Initiative is to improve the quality and coordination of elder abuse and neglect services in the State of California. Projects included in Phase I (Years 1 & 2) of the Initiative are focused on professional education and training, multidisciplinary team development, support of innovative projects, research and systems analysis, convening and technical assistance, and evaluation."

Grants awarded under Phase I of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative include:
 
Education and Training

  • City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA ($108,268): A two-year grant to support the development of an elder abuse and neglect curriculum for front-line care providers.
  • County of Santa Clara, San Jose, CA ($113,300): A two-year grant to support education and training of clergy on elder abuse and neglect recognition and response.
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA ($158,652): A two-year grant to support the development of an advanced training program for Adult Protective Services workers.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA ($33,757): A two-year grant to support the development of an elder abuse and neglect training curriculum for dental and hygienist students.

Multidisciplinary Teams

  • Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano Counties, Vallejo, CA ($78,300): A two-year grant to support the development of a financial abuse specialist team.
  • City of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA ($78,000): A two-year grant to support the development of an elder abuse and neglect multidisciplinary team.
  • County of San Bernardino Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA ($78,012): A two-year grant to support the development of an elder abuse multidisciplinary team.
  • Elder Financial Protection Network, Novato, CA ($78,000): A two-year grant to support the development of a financial abuse specialist team.
  • Institute on Aging, San Francisco, CA ($78,000): A two-year grant to support the development of an elder abuse and neglect multidisciplinary team.
  • Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Riverside, CA ($78,000): A two-year grant to support the development of an elder self-neglect multidisciplinary assessment team.

Innovative Projects

  • Council on Aging Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA ($241,740): A two-year grant to support a home lending protection project.
  • San Diego County District Attorney's Office, San Diego, CA ($403,677): A two-year grant to support elder abuse services in the San Diego Family Justice Center.
  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA ($743,672): A two-year grant to support the development of a Center of Excellence to address elder abuse.
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA ($374,834): A two-year grant to support an Elder Abuse Forensic Center.
  • WISE Senior Services, Santa Monica, CA ($219,997): A two-year grant to support an investment fraud project.

Research

  • Judicial Council of California, San Francisco, CA ($179,785): A two-year grant to support an assessment of court practices for abused elders.
  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA ($191,929): A two-year grant to conduct an analysis of Adult Protective Services' data collection systems.

 
Convening and Technical Support

  •  University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA ($107,573): A two-year grant to provide convening and technical assistance to the Elder Abuse and Neglect Phase I grantees.

Initiative Evaluation

  • Archstone Foundation has contracted with The Measurement Group, Culver City, CA to provide a comprehensive evaluation of Phase I grantees.

Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. Under the leadership of Joseph F. Prevratil, J.D., president and CEO, the Foundation has awarded more than $65 million in grants since it was established in 1986. The Foundation's funding priorities include elder abuse and neglect, fall prevention, end-of-life issues, and responsive grantmaking to address emerging issues within the aging population. In fiscal year 2006, Archstone Foundation has awarded 40 new grants and provided over $2.7 million in support of its mission.