12th Annual NYC Elder Abuse Conference: Planning and Prevention

14-Jun-2017, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The University Center at The New School
63 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

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Conference Partners

  • JASA
  • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale
  • Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College
  • Carter Burden Network
  • David Berg Center for Law and Aging
  • Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
  • Justia Agenda
  • LiveOn NY
  • The New School Institute for Retired Professionals
  • New York City Department for the Aging
  • New York City Elder Abuse Center
  • New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services
  • St. John’s University School of Law



9:00 – 9:30 AM • GREETINGS

Martha H. Pollack, LCSW
Chair, Conference Planning Committee;
Manhattan District Director, JASA

Kathryn Haslanger, JD, MCRP
Chief Executive Officer, JASA

Donna Corrado, LCSW, PhD
Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging

Joy Solomon, Esq
Director and Managing Attorney, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Dan Tietz, Esq
Chief Special Services Officer, New York City Human Resource Administration

Elizabeth Weinmann, MBA
Director, The New School Institute for Retired Professionals

9:30 – 11:00 AM • KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Making Elder Fraud a Distant Memory

Liz Loewy, General Counsel at EverSafe; Pioneering Legal Expert, Author and Lecturer in the field of Elder Justice

Introduced by Risa Breckman, LCSW,
Director, NYC Elder Abuse Center

Elder fraud is a multibillion-dollar industry in America. One in five seniors are affected, and the cases are vastly underreported. It’s no secret that scammers target vulnerable seniors, victimizing them in ever-emerging and sophisticated schemes. Safeguarding an older adult’s life savings requires a proactive prevention strategy and a team approach. Technology tools now exist that can help seniors, their loved ones, and professionals monitor for capacity issues that suggest they’re at risk. This keynote presentation will focus on how advance planning and leveraging the use of technology will curb the elder fraud epidemic in profound ways.

Liz Loewy is General Counsel at EverSafe, a technology company focused on preventing fraud and identity theft in later life. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Albany Law School, she was formerly a prosecutor in the Manhattan DA’s Office, where she became Chief of the first Elder Abuse Unit. Ms. Loewy served as trial counsel in high profile trials, including the successful prosecution of Anthony Marshall, the son of Brooke Astor. She lectures on elder fraud in the US and Europe and is the co-author of “Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: Legal Issues, Prevention, Prosecution, Social Service Advocacy” (Civic Research Institute). Ms Loewy has been quoted in the NY Times, Consumer Reports, Forbes, Businessweek and Marketwatch, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, CNBC and NPR.

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

1. Building a Restorative Trauma Informed Community to Prevent and Intervene with Elder Abuse (CEH)

Adverse childhood experiences are increasingly recognized as impacting later life. This workshop provides an overview of trauma informed care that can be infused in agency and community settings that serve elders, especially victims’ services.

MODERATOR: A.K. Halarewicz, LMSW, Doctoral Student and Adjunct Professor, CUNY

PRESENTER: Tina Maschi, PhD, LSCW, ACSW, Associate Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

2. The Game Changer: Forensic Accounting to Identify and Resolve Financial Exploitation Cases (CEH)

Feeling “over your head” with financial exploitation cases, the largest, fastest-growing type of elder abuse? Learn how to uncover financial exploitation and how a forensic accountant can help you identify and resolve your cases. This workshop is more than a lecture – dig into real examples with your peers!

MODERATOR: Florian Edwards, LMSW, Senior Director, JASA Adult Protective Services

PRESENTERS: Peg Horan, LMSW, NYC Elder Abuse Center/JASA; Karen Webber, CPA, CFE, Webber CPA, PLLC

3. Learning the Landscape for Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation: Government Resources (CLE)

Learn more about the roles and resources of state and federal agencies that assist clients who are the victims financial exploitation, the fastest-growing form of elder abuse.

MODERATOR: Joy Solomon, Esq, Director and Managing Attorney, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

PRESENTERS: Susan Axelrod, JD, Executive Vice President of Regulatory Operations at FINRA; Joy Feigenbaum, JD, Executive Deputy Superintendent, NY Department of Financial Services, Financial Frauds & Consumer Protection Division; Naomi Karp, JD, Senior Policy Advisor, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Older Americans

4. Working with the NYPD to Protect Older New Yorkers: New Initiatives (CEH)

The New York City Police Department Domestic Violence Units are well known for their work in elder abuse response, including identification/prevention and community partnerships. Learn how NYPD’s Domestic Violence Officers are trained to respond to Elder Abuse and how you can partner more effectively with the NYPD through important new programs such as the Neighborhood Policing Program and the Crime Victims Advocate Program.

MODERATOR: Cheryl Lee, LMSW, Project Director, Brooklyn LEAP, JASA

PRESENTERS: Sergeant Frank Maiello, Office of the Chief of Department, Domestic Violence Unit, NYPD; Detective Denise Melendez, Office of the Chief of Department, Domestic Violence Unit, NYPD

5. Alternatives to the Criminal Justice System (CLE)

Working with abusers is an important component of elder abuse work. Often clients refuse help if it means using law enforcement and the criminal courts. In this workshop we will discuss how the criminal justice system works and will focus on other options available that could keep individuals out of jail and on the road to recovery.

MODERATOR: Dianne O. Woodburn, Esq, Legal Services Supervisor, JASA

PRESENTERS: Susanna Eckblad, LCSW, Criminal Defense Social Worker, Brooklyn Defender Services; Colleen King, Esq, Senior Staff Attorney, Mental Health Team, Brooklyn Defender Services; Jessica Nitsche, Esq, Staff Attorney, Integrated Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services

6. Identifying Elder Abuse in the Home Care Setting (CEH)

Learn how the Home Care Service Program (HCSP) identifies, addresses and reports suspected elder abuse. This team model provides a “safety net” to ensure that vulnerable Medicaid eligible older adults receive immediate assistance.

MODERATOR: Michelle Degrasse, MPA, Home Care Services Program Curriculum Developer and Trainer

PRESENTERS: Nilza Lopez, LMSW, Executive Director, Home Care Service Program Field Operations, NYC Human Resource Administration; Joyce Roberson-Steele, LMSW, Brooklyn Community Alternatives Systems Agency Director, HCSP, NYC Human Resource Administration

12:45 – 2:00 PM

2:00 – 3:30 PM

7. Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Elder Abuse Specialist Pilot Program (CLE) (CEH)

Suspicions of elder abuse often arise in Housing Court and because of the population and role they serve, GALs are ideally positioned to identify and respond. The Weinberg Center has partnered with the NYC Housing Courts to pilot a program that addresses elder abuse in cases where a GAL is appointed.

MODERATOR: Glendalee Olivera, LMSW, ASW-G, Elder Abuse Specialist, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

PRESENTERS: Denise Colon-Greenaway, Esq, Special Counsel, Court-Based Interdisciplinary Programs, Chambers of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge NYC Courts & Director, NY State Courts Access to Justice Program; Deirdre Lok, Esq, Assistant Director and General Counsel, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

8. Improving Elder Justice Using Technological Innovations (CLE)

Learn how New York State’s new Remote Access Temporary Orders of Protection Program allows victims of domestic violence to apply for temporary orders of protection electronically and appear in court via video conference from secure, remote locations. Presenters will also discuss other technology being designed to help identify elder abuse and provide services and resources to seniors.

MODERATOR: Ann Goldweber, Esq, Director of Clinical Legal Education, St. John’s School of Law, Director of the Consumer Justice for the Elderly Litigation Clinic

PRESENTERS: Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, New York State Supreme Court Justice and Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases; Audrey Stone, Esq, Chief Counsel, Office of the Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases

9. Creative New Tools in the Fight Against Elder Abuse (CEH)

The New York City Department for the Aging has developed innovative programs which can enhance older adults’ safety and quality of life in the community. In this workshop you will learn about these programs – The Bill Payer program, Friendly Visiting for Case Management clients, and the “Age-Tastic Game.”

MODERATOR: Aurora Salamone, MPS, Director Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center, NYC Department for the Aging

PRESENTERS: Jacquelin Berman, PhD, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Research, NYC DFTA; David Knapp, LMSW, Program Director, Bill Payer Program, NYC DFTA; Sara Peller, LCSW, Associate Executive Director for Programs, DOROT

10. First Coordinated Emergency Room Response (CEH)

NYC Elder Abuse Center and Weill Cornell Medicine/NY Presbyterian Hospital recently launched an emergency room-based elder abuse response team- Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT). Learn about the team’s critical role in the ER: how hidden signs of abuse are identified, how VEPT is activated and its coordination with community-based agencies in NYC.

MODERATOR: Peg Horan, LMSW, Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist & Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator, NYC Elder Abuse Center

PRESENTERS: Alyssa Elman, LMSW, Program Administrator for the Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT) at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Tony Rosen, MD, MPH, Researcher in Elder Abuse and Geriatric Injury Prevention at Weill Cornell College

11. Understanding the Role of the Community Guardian (CEH)

This workshop will offer a robust discussion of the process involved when an Article 81 Guardianship may be necessary to safeguard a client. The workshop will discuss the Article 81 Community Guardian process, legal criteria, as well as the Community Guardian’s role.

MODERATOR: Gili Hershkovich-Kim, LCSW, Regional Director, Adult Protective Services

PRESENTERS: Thomas Catapano, Esq, Assistant General Counsel Office of Legal Affairs, NYC HRA; Reyna Machado, LMSW, Social Work Supervisor, Adult Protective Services; Paul Ortiz, MSW, MPA, Director JASA Community Guardian Program

12. The Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA): How to Get the Information You Need about a Person’s Ability to Make Decisions (CEH)

Participants in this workshop will receive an overview of a semi-structured interview tool developed for APS caseworkers to use when gathering information about clients’ decision-making abilities.

MODERATOR: Geoff Rogers, BA, Director of Learning and Development, Brookdale Center

PRESENTER: Nancy Needell, MD, Instructor in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Distribution of Social Work Continuing Education Hours (CEH) certificates and attendance certificates

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is a provider of social work continuing education hours, as approved by the New York State Education Department Board for Social Work.

NY CLE credits are available courtesy of St. John’s University School of Law.

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