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U.S. Department of Justice: Transforming America’s Response to Elder Abuse – Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation

Deadline: July 8, 2019

The Transforming America’s Response to Elder Abuse – Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation program will fund applications for two purpose areas:

  • Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDT)
  • Multidisciplinary Team Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center

This program supports the development and TTA needs of enhanced MDT models to strengthen the capacity of the victim services field and allied professionals to better serve and support victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation. To address gaps in innovative solutions for elder abuse cases, the program will fund two separate purpose areas:

  • Purpose Area 1: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams – To fund approximately 10-22 enhanced MDT’s (E-MDTs) at the rural, tribal, local, or state levels, including existing and new teams. Up to 12 of these E-MDTs to be funded would be non-tribal applicants, and up to 10 could be E-MDTs within tribal communities. These teams should include forensic accountants, neuropsychologists, medical personnel, and/or other appropriate professionals (to possibly evaluate the victim’s cognitive abilities and capacity), so that case-related efforts more comprehensively consider and address the needs of older victims of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse. These victim-focused E-MDTs are to be designed to improve the case review process and associated systems. In addition to system coordination, these E-MDTs should seek to better understand victims’ priorities and needs, which must include determining effective responses to financial exploitation.
  • Purpose Area 2: Multidisciplinary Team Technical Assistance Center – To fund the development of a National Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team Training and Technical Assistance Center (National Elder Abuse MDT TTA Center) to support E-MDTs. Applicants for Purpose Area 2 should have experience and expertise in serving tribal victims or propose a partnership with a sub-grantee with this experience. The overall goal is to improve case outcomes while minimizing the additional trauma and restoring safety and security to older adult victims and potentially hold more offenders accountable.

Amount: Up to $8,250,000 is available to make awards dependent upon Purpose Area, as follows:

  • Purpose Area 1: Approximately 10-22 awards (up to 12 non-tribal awards and up to 10 tribal awards) of up to $375,000 each will be made for a period of performance of 36 months
  • Purpose Area 2 – One award will be made for up to $3,000,000 for a period of performance of 36 months

Eligibility: Dependent upon Purpose Area, as follows:

  • Purpose Area 1: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams – States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education)
  • Purpose Area 2: Multidisciplinary Team Training and Technical Assistance Center – Eligible applicants include nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal organizations); and colleges or universities (including tribal institutions of higher education)

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316823

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