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Celebrating Successes!
OCAPS 35th
Annual Conference

Friday, March 13, 2020

About the Conference

This year's conference will examine Ohio’s APS Program and introduce best practices that are being used by the various counties to protect victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In addition, we will review elder case law and explore the continued development of interdisciplinary teams that are essential when intervening and providing safety for victims. It has become imperative for APS staff to play a greater role in collecting evidence, substantiating reports and testifying in legal proceedings. As changes to APS laws progress, we will need to continue to examine, clarify, and define the role of APS and the feasibility of workers serving as both investigators and victim advocates. As the effects of abuse become more severe and the punishments for abusers increase, APS’s role will become more evident and conceivably force us to reassess old assumptions.

Learning Objectives

 

This conference is designed to provide an opportunity to:

  • Enhance job skills and provide opportunities to exchange knowledge and ideas with other professionals.

  • Address major concerns and issues related to the revisions to the Adult Protective Services laws on elder adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

  • Elevate public awareness of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly persons.

  • Foster collaboration among those who serve, treat, or represent victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

  • Enhance clinical skills for daily practice, identification, investigation, and provision of adult protective services.

Conference Schedule at a Glance

  • 8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 am Opening Plenary Session 
  • 10:15 am Morning Break
  • 10:30 am Morning Workshops 
  • 12:00 pm Luncheon & Awards
  • 1:00 pm Afternoon Workshops 
  • 2:30 pm Break
  • 2:45 pm Afternoon Workshops
  • 4:15 pm End of Conference
*CEUs & CLEs - up to 5.5 hours approved

Thank you to our CEU Sponsor!
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Thank you to our CLE Sponsor!
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Opening Plenary Session
Interagency Collaboration: How the Department of Justice is Forging Partnerships with Adult Protective Service Programs 
Susan C. Lynch, J.D., Dr.P.H.

This session details how the Department of Justice is working to improve the lives of Adult Protective Services (APS) clients by more vigorously holding offenders accountable while to the extent possible restoring safety and dignity to victims. In October of 2017, President Trump signed into law the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act. As part of EAPPA, the Elder Justice Initiative has been engaged in implementing the contours of this law, including training for newly appointed Elder Justice Coordinators (EJCs). This session will highlight existing successful partnerships from around the country. The different stages of collaboration, and the benefits and challenges of working with community partnerships will be emphasized. In addition, we will explore other efforts undertaken by the Department of Justice, including grants and other resources available to state and local partners, as well as, its enforcement efforts to address crime against older adults in the United States.

Morning Workshops 

10:30am-12:00pm

  • Leveraging Partnerships: Successful Investigations in Long-Term Care Facilities  

    • Presenters: 

    • Susan C. Lynch, J.D., Dr.P.H. - Senior Counsel for Elder Justice at the United States Department of Justice
      Keesha Mitchell, J.D. - Section Chief, Health Care Fraud at Ohio Attorney General's Office

  • The Department of Justice’s Money Mule Initiative: Disrupting the Money Mule Network

    • Presenter: 

    • Brian McDonough, J.D.  - Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in the Criminal Division’s White Collar Crimes Unit

  • Successful Collaboration and Outcomes in I-Teams

    • Presenters:

    • Kerry Smoot, B.S. - Chief Investigator, Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office 

    • Eli T. Sperry, J.D. - Chair of Young & Alexander’s Probate and Estate Planning Department

    • Brooke Lynch, M.S. - Adult Protective Services Supervisor, Montgomery County Job and Family Services 

  • Assessing the Scope of Decision-Making Capacity

    • Presenters:

    • Dr. Karen P. White, Psy.D., ABPP - Staff Psychologist in the Geriatric Primary Care, Dementia Care Coordination Program, and Geriatric Evaluation and Management Rehabilitation Unit

    • Dr. Ronan Factora, MD - Staff at the Center for Geriatric Medicine, Medicine Institute; Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Co-Director of the Aging Brain Clinic; and Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

    • Dr. Jennifer C. Drost, DO, MPH - Geriatric Internal Medicine

Afternoon Workshops 

1:00pm-2:30pm

  • The Growing Mental Health Crisis in Older Adults FULL

    • Presenters: 

    • Laura Paynter, PCC-S, CCM - Director of Behavioral Health, Buckeye Health Plan

    • Dr. Thomas Lehner, MD - Long Term Care Medical Director, Buckeye Health Plan

  • The Department of Justice’s Money Mule Initiative: Disrupting the Money Mule Network (*repeated session)

    • Presenter: 

    • Brian McDonough, J.D.  - Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in the Criminal Division’s White Collar Crimes Unit

  • Successful Collaboration and Outcomes in I-Teams (*repeated session)

    • Presenters:

    • Kerry Smoot, B.S. - Chief Investigator, Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office 

    • Eli T. Sperry, J.D. - Chair of Young & Alexander’s Probate and Estate Planning Department

    • Brooke Lynch, M.S. - Adult Protective Services Supervisor, Montgomery County Job and Family Services 

  • Assessing the Scope of Decision-Making Capacity (*repeated session)

    • Presenters:

    • Dr. Karen P. White, Psy.D., ABPP - Staff Psychologist in the Geriatric Primary Care, Dementia Care Coordination Program, and Geriatric Evaluation and Management Rehabilitation Unit

    • Dr. Ronan Factora, MD - Staff at the Center for Geriatric Medicine, Medicine Institute; Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Co-Director of the Aging Brain Clinic; and Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

    • Dr. Jennifer C. Drost, DO, MPH - Geriatric Internal Medicine

 

2:45pm - 4:15pm

  • Cross Reporting for Humane and Human Services- A Species-Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities

    • Presenters: 

    • Vicki Deisner, J.D. - Government Affairs Representative, Animal Welfare Institute 

    • Janet M. Hoy-Gerlach, Ph.D., LISW-S - Associate Social Work Professor, University of Toledo

  • The Development and Implementation of a Training Program on Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation for the Senior Companion Program in Ohio

    • Presenters: 

    • Dr. Jessica Bibbo, Ph.D. - Research Scientist, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging 

    • Dr. Farida Ejaz, Ph.D.- Senior Research Scientist, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

 

  • Personal Safety: Working with Angry & Irate Clients

    • Presenter:

    • Dan Elliot, B.A. - Cooperative Communication Specialist, Dan Elliot LLC

  • An Inclusive and Individualized Response for Victims of Crime with Disabilities: The Adult Advocacy Centers’ Model

    • Presenters: 

    • Katherine Yoder, M.S., C.F.I - Executive Director, Adult Advocacy Centers

    • April Wehrle, B.A. - Senior Elder Services Coordinator, Elder Justice Unit – Consumer Protection Section, Office of Ohio Attorney General