MAKE THE CALL!
In Louisiana EVERY ADULT is a mandatory reporter of Elder Abuse. If you encounter an incident you reasonably believe to be Elder Abuse, Neglect and/or Exploitation you are required to report it to a local law enforcement agency or to Adult Protective Services.
Louisiana law protects you from civil penalty as long as you can demonstrate a reasonable belief that the report is true. Failure to report is a misdemeanor that may result in jail and/or a fine.
If you believe an elder is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. Otherwise call your local law enforcement agency or you may call the APS toll-free number, 1-800-898-4910, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, every day of the year
MAKE THE CALL!
St. Tammany Elder Abuse Support Team
The St. Tammany Elder Abuse Support Team - also known as EAST - was developed to assist Elder Abuse victims and investigators by providing resources from a variety of professions, disciplines and organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
To learn more about ST EAST, contact us by e-mail at INFO@STEAST.ORG.
Abuse in Later Life Training is known in Louisiana as Saving Our Seniors
The St. Tammany SALT Council was successful in raising the funds to conduct this training. On February 25-27 of 2013 the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) trained seven teams of instructors to present the one-day program for law enforcement officers statewide. The teams are in place and planning their schedules now. Training is expected to begin in the summer.
The SALT Council and the teams are seeking funding assistance to produce the training in locations around the state. There is a need to print training materials, purchase training equipment and rent training facilities. Any assistance, such as donations of funds or space, will be welcome. Contact information for the teams will be published on this sight soon. In the interim, contact with teams in any region can be made by e-mail to the St. Tammany Elder Abuse Support Team at SOS@STEAST.ORG. You can be part of the funding solution today!
The incidence of Elder Abuse is increasing as the elder population grows and as awareness of the problem expands. We must train our law enforcement personnel so they are prepared to cope with these increases!