Engaging Financial Institutions in Abuse Investigations

Source: California Elder Justice Coalition

Published: 2018


Financial institutions often have information critical to elder financial abuse investigations that privacy concerns prevent them from sharing with investigators. In 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other federal agencies issued guidelines explaining what information institutions can share, which is more than many thought. Getting the word out was another matter.

The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) collaborated with the Philadelphia Corporation on Aging (PCA) to create a protocol that APS and other investigators can use in requesting evidence. Florida APS Director Robert Anderson, who spearheaded its use in his state, says that getting bank records was APS’ workers’ #1 complaint in 2015 but had disappeared by 2016 thanks to the protocol!

Anderson joined Alan Lawitz, Director of New York’s Bureau of Adult Services, which is also using the protocol, on a panel to describe their experiences. The session was led by Joe Snyder, PCA’s recently retired APS Director, who spearheaded the development of the protocol, which was supported by the Huguette Clark Family Fund for Protection of Elders. The protocol won the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s National Aging Achievement Award.
To see the Protocol, go to National Guidelines on the NAPSA website.

Panelists included:

Robert K. Anderson, State Director, Adult Protective Services, Florida Department of Children and Families
Alan Lawitz, Esq., Director, Bureau of Adult Services, New York State Office of Children & Family Services
Joe Snyder, Elder Justice Consultant, Chair of the Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force, Chair of NAPSA’s Public Policy Committee, and Board Member of the National Institute on Elder Financial Exploitation

Link: Engaging Financial Institutions in Abuse Investigations

Topics: Financial Abuse, Legal, Reporting

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Audience: Finance, Legal/Law Enforcement

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