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.
SAVE THE DATE!
The Gulf Coast Regional Elder Abuse Awareness Conference produced annually by the St. Tammany SALT Council will be held this year on June 16th in Slidell, LA at the Northshore Harbor Center. Registration will open on April 1st, so mark both dates on your calendar and follow the link to full information on the event.
For more information click HERE
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 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!