Multi-disciplinary teams aid older New Yorkers

Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team Initiative (E-MDTs)

Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team Initiative (E-MDTs)

Program Description

Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) are county-based teams that bring together various disciplines to intervene in cases of older adult abuse, including financial exploitation, physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect by others. E-MDTs review cases of elder abuse and multidisciplinary approaches are used, as appropriate, to address issues identified. 

Team members include local 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 cases of abuse of older adults (aged 60 and older). The enhancement comes with access to forensic accountants, mental health professionals, and civil legal services.

The Elder Abuse Interventions and E-MDT Initiative is coordinated Statewide by Lifespan of Greater Rochester. It is implemented through a regional hub model, in which a host organization is responsible for E-MDT establishment, coordination, and implementation in each of the counties in its E-MDT region.

To find your county’s E-MDT Coordinator, or for more information regarding the E-MDT Initiative, call 585-244-8400 or 1-866-454-5110 (toll free), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or go to https://www.lifespan-roch.org/enhanced-multidisciplinary-teams.

Eligibility

Elder abuse cases are referred to an E-MDT via a professional working with an elder abuse victim. Such professionals could include 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.