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Forensic Special Investigations Unit (FSIU)

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

Online: http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services

For adults residing in a long-term care facility,

Please contact Healthcare Facility Regulation:  By Phone: 1-800-878-6442

Online:  www.dch.georgia.gov

Forensic Special Investigations 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 Investigation 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.

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
  • Investigations
  • Suspicious Death
  • Human trafficking for monthly benefits
  • Crimes in facilities
  • And much more

ACT Specialists:

  • 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.

2014 Scheduled ACT classes:

Date:            May 13 & 14, 2014

Time:            8:30 AM to 5 PM

Host:            Whitfield Co. Sheriff's Office

Location:       805 Professional Blvd., Dalton, GA 30720

 

Date:            June 18 & 19, 2014

Time:            8:30 AM to 5 PM

Host:            Albany Police Department

Location:       Albany Police Dept. Law Enforcement Center

201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd., Albany, GA 31702

 

Date:            July 23 & 24, 2014

Time:            8:30 AM to 5 PM

Host:            Richmond Co. Sheriff's Office

Location:       Richmond Co. Sheriff's Office Training Center - Myers Building

2098 Greenland Road, Blythe, GA 30805

 

Date:            August 26 & 27, 2014

Time:            8:30 AM to 5 PM

Host:            Henry Co. Police Department

Location:       120 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253

(This class is full)

 

Date:            September 17 & 18, 2014

Time:            8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Host:            Athens-Clarke County Police Department

Location:      3035 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605

 

The class is open to law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, EMS, and social services agencies that respond to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk adults.

This training is not for the general public.

16 hours POST credit, 16 hours EMS credit, 12 hours CLE

Officers must attend both days to receive POST credit.

There is no charge for the training. Any associated costs are the responsibility of attendee.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P.to reserve a slot.

For more information about the class or to inquire about hosting a class, contact:

David Blake dfblake@dhr.state.ga.us

To register for ACT training,click here:https://secure.jotform.us/form/40334745563152.

If you have questions, contact the ACT Coordinator, David Blake, at dfblake@dhr.state.ga.us.

For additional information about resources for older adults and/or adults with disabilities please contact:

Division of Aging Services

1-866-552-4464

Two Peachtree Street, NW

33rd Floor

Atlanta, GA  30303-3142