Pursuant to Section 721 of the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging administers the Elder Abuse Prevention & Awareness Program to address the problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in Iowa. This program works to provide education and develop programs and policies that can prevent elder abuse in any of its forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation, financial exploitation, denial of critical care and self-neglect.
To meet this goal, the Department distributes funds to the Area Agencies on Aging to employ elder rights specialists who are trained to assist individuals whose safety or well-being is at risk; counsel families who are concerned about the safety or well-being of a loved one; develop personalized intervention plans to reduce identified risks; and provide information about and referrals to appropriate protective services agencies.
Report Elder Abuse
In the case of an emergency or life-threatening situation, call 911
The Elder Abuse Prevention & Awareness State Clearinghouse serves as a single location point for the general public, medical professionals, financial institutions, law enforcement professionals, aging network partners and other stakeholders to find information and resources related to elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, including how to recognize elder abuse and prevent it from occurring.
Training of Dependent Adult Abuse Mandatory Reporters
Effective July 26, 2017, Iowa Administrative Code 17-15.20(231) was rescinded to eliminate the mandatory reporter training provided by the Iowa Department on Aging and the requirement that individuals utilizing the curriculum be certified. Individuals who downloaded the State of Iowa Curriculum #19 prior to July 262017, may continue to use it through Jan.25, 2020.
While the Department will no longer be providing a curriculum, mandatory reporters are still responsible for maintaining a five-year certificate of mandatory reporting with an approved curriculum through the Iowa Department of Public Health. For a listing of approved curricula, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health's website athttp://www.idph.iowa.gov/abuse-ed-review.
For more information about the Abuse Education Review Process at the Department of Public Health, contact Karin Ford at (515) 242-6336 or Karin.Ford@idph.iowa.gov.