Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) investigate and intervene in complex cases of elder abuse. They bring together professionals from various disciplines, including but not limited to Adult Protective Services, aging services, health and human services, and law enforcement to provide an effective and efficient means of addressing complex cases of abuse of older adults (aged 60 and older). The enhancement comes with access to forensic accountants, geriatric psychiatrists (or other qualified mental health professional), and community legal services.
The primary purposes of E-MDTs are to investigate, intervene, and stop all forms of elder mistreatment: financial exploitation, physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect by others. E-MDTs review complex cases of elder abuse and multidisciplinary approaches are used as appropriate to address issues identified. The primary focus for team members is to identify, investigate, and intervene in cases of elder abuse, restore the safety and security of older adults, and protect their assets. Together, team members achieve this through coordinated case reviews and tailored responses to each situation.
Services provided to abuse victims through E-MDT interventions include information about and referral to other types of services (e.g., victim service programs, legal services, etc.) and individual advocacy (e.g., return of personal property, assistance with applying for public benefits, etc.). E-MDT coordinators provide case consultation on cases as well as access to consultation services such as a forensic accountant, geriatric psychiatrist (or other qualified mental health professional), and civil legal attorney, as appropriate and available. Additionally, as part of the E-MDT Initiative, Lifespan of Greater Rochester holds monthly webinars on financial exploitation.
Elder abuse cases are often referred to an E-MDT via a professional on the team such as Adult Protective Services or an aging services provider. The professional becomes the E-MDT’s “client.” The abuse victim must be aged 60 or older and reside in the county served by the E-MDT.