The U.S. Justice Department announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces that will combine the resources and efforts of federal, state, and local prosecutors with law enforcement agencies and providers of services to the elderly to better pursue elder abuse in nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care” to their residents.
The newly launched Elder Justice Task Forces will include representatives from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, state and local prosecutors’ offices, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state Adult Protective Services agencies, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, and law enforcement.
The task forces are placed in 10 judicial districts: the Northern District of California, Northern Georgia, Kansas, Western Kentucky, Northern Iowa, Maryland, Southern Ohio, Eastern Pennsylvania, Middle Tennessee, and Western Washington.
“Millions of seniors count on nursing homes to provide them with quality care and to treat them with dignity and respect when they are most vulnerable,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery. “Yet, all too often we have found nursing home owners or operators who put their own economic gain before the needs of their residents. These task forces will help ensure that we are working closely with all relevant parties to protect the elderly.”
Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, said nursing homes and long-term care providers sometimes “fail to provide their Medicare and Medicaid residents with even the most basic nursing services to which they are entitled.” These new teams will help all authorities “more effectively and quickly pursue nursing homes that are jeopardizing the health and well-being of their residents,” Mr. Mizer said.
Source: The U.S. Department of Justice