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Webinars are offered throughout the year on hot topics in adult protective services. Promising practices are frequently featured from among the Administration for Community Living’s State Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services.

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2021 Webinars

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Prevention in Action: Investing in Healthy Families and Communities

Webinar Date: December 14, 2021
How can we stop violence before it happens? This webinar explores new possibilities in prevention, drawing on lessons learned from CDC’s DELTA FOCUS programs for preventing intimate partner violence across the country. The presenter offers opportunities to integrate community-level prevention approaches into daily practice and demonstrate the impact of this investment in creating a more equitable world. Participants will learn ways to cultivate meaningful relationships with multidisciplinary community partners to bring us closer to our shared horizon. NOTE: This webinar contains videos not recorded during the live event. You may view those videos with the following links: Moving Forward (Centers for Disease Control) | When I am an Elder (Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault) | Benefit of Therapeutic Horticulture on Women Who've Experienced Violence (University of Kentucky)  
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Formula Grant Webinar - Forensic Accounting: APS Program Panel Discussion (Part 2)

Webinar Date: November 16, 2021
Join your APS colleagues from four different states/counties for a panel discussion on how and why they have integrated forensic accounting/accountants/tools into their APS programs, including some of the case outcomes. This webinar is the second in a two-part webinar series for ACL APS formula grant recipients on the topic of forensic accounting.
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Formula Grant Webinar - Forensic Accounting: Tools for Financial Exploitation Investigations (Part 1)

Webinar Date: October 26, 2021
In the first of a two-part webinar series, Jason Olson and Doug Cash, forensic accountants, define what forensic accounting is and how financial investigative techniques can be leveraged for financial exploitation investigations. They cover where to start with an investigation, what to look for, how to identify what is missing, how to summarize findings, and how forensic investigative technology tools can assist with investigations. Handout: Slides


COVID-19 Scams & Pandemic Financial Protection

Webinar Date: September 21, 2021
Learn from the FTC and CFPB about the latest COVID scams, how to avoid them, where to report them, and how to educate your clients about them. Topics include vaccine card scams, health care scams, government imposters, funeral expenses, rental assistance scams, mortgage relief scams and more. Hear about free fraud prevention resources that you can use in your work. Handout: Slides


Formula Grant Webinar - Technology Additions: Tips on Implementing New Software

Webinar Date: August 31, 2021
A new software implementation can be an exciting, learning, and value-added experience. Preparing for your technology adventure is key in minimizing surprises and capitalizing on change. This webinar covers general guidance in making informed implementation decisions for upgrades and brand-new software implementations. Handout: Slides


Using Standardized Tools in APS Case Management and Supervision

Webinar Date: August 24, 2021
This webinar presented perspectives from three states on how they use a set of structured assessment and planning tools to increase consistency in practice, improve outcomes for vulnerable adults, and assist casework supervisors in their daily work duties. Each state differs in how they use the tools, and shared their experiences related to how the tools inform case-specific supervision, and support intake and screening decisions as well as data and quality assurance activities. APS program staff from Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Texas shared their experiences using different components of the framework in their efforts to achieve the best possible outcomes for those they serve. Handout: Slides


Formula Grant Webinar - The Past, Present, and Future of APS Training

Webinar Date: July 29, 2021
It’s a new dawn for APS and APS training with the emergence of a global pandemic which brought new program and training opportunities and challenges, as well as additional federal funding to meet critical needs. In this webinar, members of the Adult Protective Services Workforce Innovations (APSWI) team discuss the past, present, and future of APS training from their perspective working both locally and statewide in California, as well as nationally. Handout: Slides


Formula Grant Webinar - Championing Change with Positive Psychological Capital

Webinar Date: August 18, 2021
Change has always been inevitable. For the field of APS, change is coming at an unprecedented rate. The evolving nature of the work, increase in research on best practices, and influx of federally supported initiatives mean that APS teams must be in a position to successfully navigate the change process. APS administrators have the opportunity and responsibility to champion change in a way that promotes engagement and active participation and not cynicism or resistance. The use of the principles of Psychological Capital, hope, self-efficacy, resilience and optimism, has been shown to be effective in supporting an organizational culture that is ready and eager to face change. This workshop reviewed these principles in the context of APS and provided practical suggestions on how to implement as administrators champion change within their state. Handout: Slides


Formula Grant Webinar - Spending Your Federal Funds Wisely on Services

Webinar Date: July 21, 2021
This webinar was held for ACL APS formula grantees. The purpose of this webinar was to provide technical assistance support to state APS programs that are using federal formula grant funds to purchase services for APS clients. The APS TARC held a listening session on a similar topic and it was clear that states have both technical assistance needs and have much to offer each other in this area. For some states, this is the first time that have such funds available; other states have years of experience to assist other states. This webinar briefly reviewed ACL guidance related to use of funds services, presented an overview of how states plan to use COVID funding for services, and talked through the challenges and opportunities with two states – one state-administered and one county-administered – that have experience purchasing services for clients. Participants had the opportunity to share their opportunities and challenges as well. Handout: Slides

Formula Grant Webinar - Urgent Housing Programs for APS Clients

Webinar Date: July 19, 2021
This webinar was held for ACL APS formula grantees. It reviewed options to meet the emergency and urgent housing needs of APS clients. The presentation began with an overview of options that APS programs can explore for establishing emergency housing when a client must be placed very quickly. The discussion of emergency housing options is followed by a presentation from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale about elder abuse shelter programs and the SPRiNG Alliance, a network of elder abuse shelters nationwide. The presentation addressed the different shelter operation models used across the county, how to start a shelter program in your community, and lessons learned in the field. Handout: Slides


The Role of the Criminal Justice System in Addressing Elder Abuse Perpetrators

Webinar Date: June 29, 2021
APS programs work closely with the criminal justice system. While both systems seek protection of victims of abuse from perpetrators, they have different roles, resources, and approaches to meeting the goal. This workshop reviewed research and current data to explore how the two systems can work together. Handout: Slides


Using Administrative Data to Strengthen APS Programs

Webinar Date: June 22, 2021
In 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services began working with The Ohio State University on a research project to examine Ohio's county-administered adult protective service (APS) programs. The goal was to learn about the different organizational characteristics of the state's various local APS programs and examine whether certain characteristics are associated with data in the Ohio Database for Adult Protective Services (ODAPS). This webinar described the process used to conduct the research and the lessons learned – including how data can be used in providing technical assistance for APS programming and organizational style in APS. This project was funded through Ohio’s State Grant to Enhance APS, and it will be most useful for state APS programs interested in partnering with frontline staff to enhance their local programs and increase quality assurance and technical assistance efforts. Handout: Slides


Behavioral Health Link - APS and Mental Health Working Together

Webinar Date: May 25, 2021
The webinar discussed the role of the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging's APS division's grant for a Healthy Aging Liaison working with then state behavioral health triage center. BH Link is a triage/mental health crisis facility providing 24/7 in-person assessments, recovery support, healthy aging behavioral health education & consultations, and more. Handout: Slides


Implementation Science

Webinar Date: April 20, 2021
This webinar was for recipients of State Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services. The webinar featured a discussion on how the science and practice of implementation can be used to assist in implementing and sustaining evidence-informed programs, practices, and policies to improve outcomes. Participants learned about implementation science and key best practices, how the stages of implementation can be used to guide implementation of APS programs and services, and about implementation support practitioner competencies. Handout: Slides


An Introduction to the Adult Maltreatment Screening and Assessment Tools Inventory

Webinar Date: March 25, 2021
This webinar oriented participants to the Adult Maltreatment Screening and Assessment Tools Inventory (Tools Inventory). The webinar reviewed the process for developing the Tools Inventory, including how tools were rated for their evidence base; described how it is organized and what information it contains; and explored which tools are included and how to used it to find a tool. Handout: Slides


Understanding Decisional Capacities of Older Adults

Webinar Date: February 25, 2021
Capacity assessments of older adults are steeped in the fundamental tensions between two core ethical principles: autonomy (self-determination) and protection (beneficence). APS caseworkers must often consider the impact of cognitive functioning on a person’s risk for elder abuse, exploitation, and neglect. In this webinar, Dr. Sheri Gibson addressed the very complex topic of decisional capacities in older adults, which involves knowledge of medical and psychological syndromes, clinical assessment, ethics, and the law. Attendees learned a conceptual framework used by psychologists to assess a person’s ability to make decisions or perform tasks as they pertain to the legal standards, and methods for enhancing the referral process for a formal capacity evaluation.
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Using AI to Predict Adult Maltreatment

Webinar Date: January 19, 2021
APS agencies are collecting and reporting more and more data on adult maltreatment, yet very little research has been done to date to explore how this data could inform predictive risk factors associated with maltreatment. This webinar describes the purpose and results of an ACL-funded research project to assess opportunities for using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other “big data” tools to identify individuals who are at increased risk for abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In particular, the results of a literature review on risk and protective factors will be shared; a scan of how related fields (e.g., child welfare, healthcare, and criminal justice) use machine learning and predictive analytics; the methodology and results of the machine learning predictive analytic approach to identify locations with a high incidence of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The webinar concludes with implications for research, policy, and practice as they relate to the the long- and short-term goals of early identification and prevention of adult maltreatment.
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