TO REPORT ABUSE OF DISABLED ADULTS OR ELDER PERSONS
Please use contacts listed in this box to report abuse, neglect and exploitation.
For adults NOT residing in a long-term care facility
Please contact Adult Protective Services:
By Phone: 1-866-552-4464
For adults residing in a long-term care facility,
Please contact Healthcare Facility Regulation:
By Phone: 1-800-878-6442
Forensic Special Initiatives Unit (FSIU)
Vision: ACTing to Protect At-Risk Adults.
Mission: Provide support to the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging Services (DAS) and other partners by identifying and addressing system gaps and developing process improvements to protect Georgia’s at-risk adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
The Forensic Special Initiatives Unit (FSIU) supports local, state, and federal agencies serving at-risk adult crime victims through technical assistance, case consultations, case reviews, and At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics (ACT) certification.
Click here for a current class list and registration instructions.
FSIU conducts a two-day ACT (At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics) Specialist Certification. ACT classes are limited to primary and secondary responders to ensure those who respond to crimes against at-risk adults know how to respond appropriately to best meet the needs of at-risk adult crime victims.
Some topics covered during ACT classes include:
- GA Law
- Types and indicators of the various types of abuse, neglect, & exploitation
- Financial crimes targeting older adults and adults with disabilities
- Undue influence
- Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Conservatorship
- Suspicious Death
- Human trafficking for monthly benefits
- Crimes in facilities
- And much more
- Are go-to experts in their department/region regarding at-risk adult crimes
- Have direct access to FSIU for real-time exchange of crime trends around GA
- Have access to ongoing training opportunities and updates
- Are encouraged to participate in multidisciplinary teams in their regions of the state.
ACT emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of these crimes. This emphasis should increase collaboration between various agencies with diverse legal authority and priorities in order to address crimes against at-risk adults.
Online Training and Resources
- The Administration for Community Living
- The Arc for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- The National Center on Elder Abuse
- National Center on Elder Abuse ANE Training Curriculum
- National Center for Victims of Crime -Taking Action: An Advocate's Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud
Law Enforcement Investigations:
Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) links below contains law enforcement training videos and at-risk adult abuse investigation materials:
- The Georgia At-Risk Adult Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation Model Protocol (GA ANE MP)
- Georgia Chiefs of Police White Paper on At-Risk Adult Abuse
- At-Risk Adult Resources for Criminal Justice Professionals
- At-Risk Adult Abuse Resources for Medical Professionals
Georgia Abuse Neglect Exploitation (GANE) App
The GANE App was developed for law enforcement and other professionals who need quick access to tools and resources in the field when responding to crimes involving vulnerable adults. The GANE App (when activated with a special code available only to law enforcement, Adult Protective Services, and Healthcare Facility Regulation) allows access to:
- Georgia Law – A list of crimes specifically related to vulnerable adults, with an identification of crimes with enhanced penalties
- Reporting Agencies – A list of social service and regulatory agencies to report suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation of a vulnerable adult (O.C.G.A. §30-5-4 requires mandated reporting to both social services/regulatory agencies and law enforcement.)
- Financial Capacity Screening Tool – A quick evaluation of the financial capacity of a vulnerable adult
- Mattie’s Call - Allows for the initiation of a Mattie’s Call emergency missing alert for disabled or elderly persons (The alert is an investigative tool that can only be activated by local law enforcement.)
- TERF - Temporary Emergency Respite Funds (TERF) is a resource only for law enforcement, social services and regulatory agencies to assist in the emergency placement, for up to seven (7) consecutive days, of abused, neglected and exploited at-risk adults whose caregivers have been removed because of illness, arrest, or other reasons. TERF is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.