Several community agencies came together to discuss the formation on an interdisciplinary team that will address the ever-growing concern of neglect, self-neglect and exploitation that is taking place among our elderly neighbors. Clermont Senior Services is spearheading this initiative using grant funds awarded by the state to strengthen Adult Protective Services within Clermont County.
Judge, Jim Shriver was in attendance to welcome the group and express his support of the endeavor. Patrick Bailey, Deputy Assistant Director, Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services, was in attendance to discuss the success his county has had in creating such a team. Bailey stated that since the inception of their multi-disciplinary team, they have seen a reduction in cases of older adult exploitation, a growing problem as a result of the opiate addiction epidemic.
Dave Lytle, Lead APS Investigator at Clermont Senior Services, gave examples of cases that have required collaboration from many agencies, “We can’t do this alone, it takes a team.”
With regular meetings and common goals, this team has the opportunity to create change for the most vulnerable older adults in Clermont County. For more information on the I-Team or if you know an older adult that may be a victim of neglect, self-neglect or exploitation, please call Clermont Senior Services at 513-724-1255.