There is a burgeoning elder justice movement among Native American, or indigenous American, tribes all across the United States. This blog describes the current landscape of the indigenous elder justice movement, notes the specific challenges to this community, highlights the work currently being done, and serves as resource for collaboration. I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Dr. Jacqueline Gray, Project Director for the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) to learn about the unique work NIEJI is doing in this area. More →
The Brooklyn MDT Approach
The clients of the Brooklyn MDT are professionals responding to the needs of elder abuse victims. (Thus, the team does not provide direct services to victims.) A highly collaborative endeavor, the Brooklyn MDT is staffed by professionals from government, non-profit and health care organizations and meets 3x/month at the Brooklyn APS Office. The team is led by NYCEAC’s MDT Coordinator. Representatives from the following organizations comprise the team:
The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging
Kings County DA’s Office
NYC Department for the Aging
NYC Elder Abuse Center
NYC Human Resources Administration Adult Protective Services
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale
Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care
The Brooklyn MDT works with liaisons from NYPD, VA New York Harbor Healthcare System – Brooklyn Campus and other agencies on a case-by-case basis. For more information about the organizations and individuals staffing the MDT, click here.
Problem solving during team meetings occurs through animated discussions guided by the following core values and motivated by a deep concern about the health, well-being and safety of older adults:
- Respect all members to foster group cohesion and build trust.
- Approach team discussions with an open-mind to strengthen collaborations.
- Adhere to the confidentiality agreement to protect victims and fortify the team.
- Ask questions to obtain accurate information for the development of effective interventions.
- Create action steps during team meetings and hold timely follow up discussions to improve case responses.
- Increase inter/intra agency coordination to reduce service duplication and system fragmentation.
- Brainstorm ideas to create innovative solutions to difficult problems.
- Seek service flexibility to develop new responses to seemingly intractable problems.
- Embrace creativity.
The following is the eligibility criteria for a case to be brought to the NYCEAC’s Brooklyn MDT for review:
- The elder abuse victim must be 60 and over AND reside in Brooklyn, or the case needs to have someone age 60 and over living in a dwelling located in Brooklyn.
- If the victim is under 60 OR there is nobody in the house 60 and over AND/OR the dwelling is not located in Brooklyn, the case will be considered for consultation at the discretion of the NYCEAC’s Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator (MDTC).
In addition, the NYCEAC offers 1:1 medical and social work case consultation services to Brooklyn professionals working on elder abuse cases. (See the Case Consultations page for more information about these services.)
In August 2010, the Brooklyn MDT made a DVD of a mock case discussion to help people understand what happens during meetings. View it here:
For More Information
To receive additional information about the Brooklyn MDT, to refer a case for expert review and recommendations and or to obtain a case consultation, please contact NYCEAC’s Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist/MDT Coordinator, Peg Horan, LMSW, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 746-7211.