Celebrating Successes!
OCAPS 35th
Annual Conference

Friday, August 28, 2020
Live & On-Demand

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.

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Live Stream - Friday August 28th 


  • 9:30 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 9:45 am Director McElroy, Ohio Department of Aging 
  • 10:15 am Director Hall, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
  • 10:30 am Presentation of APS Worker of the Year Award
  • 10:45 am Opening Plenary Session
  • 12:15 pm Closing Remarks & Workshop Session Access Instructions

Thank you to our CEU Sponsor!

Thank you to our CLE Sponsor!
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.

This session will be recorded and made available on-demand through September 30, 2020. Registrants will receive access info after the live event. 

*1.0 CEU and 1.0 CLE

Virtual Workshops 

All 9 breakout sessions below are prerecorded and will be available

on-demand through September 30th, 2020.

Registrants will receive access info after the live event. 

  • 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

      • ​In this workshop we will discuss the federal and state authorities of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU) to investigate patient abuse, neglect and misappropriation of funds. This workshop will demonstrate, through case scenarios that have been investigated by the Department of Justice, Health Care Fraud and law enforcement, how Ohio has broken through the barriers, through educating both human services professionals and law enforcement, in order to successfully investigate and prosecute crimes against those individuals involved.

      • 1.5 CEUs and 1.5 CLEs

  • 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

      • ​Combatting financial fraud targeted at seniors is a key priority of the Department of Justice. As part of its Money Mule Initiative, since 2018, the Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners across the country have taken targeted actions to disrupt, investigate, and prosecute money mule activity used to facilitate fraud schemes, especially those victimizing senior citizens. The actions varied, based on evidence collected as to each individual money mule’s conduct, including witting and unwitting money mules. This workshop will highlight efforts taken in the Northern District of Ohio to disrupt the money mule network featuring criminal and non-criminal strategies.

      • 1.5 CEUs and 1.5 CLEs

  • 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 

      • ​The audience will be able to identify ways to develop and sustain an I-Team. The presentation will take the audience through Montgomery County’s process of investigating cases that include exploitation and involve the prosecutor’s office. The session will convey how Montgomery County’s I-Team works collaboratively on investigations, produces successful outcomes for clients and will provide the audience with examples of success stories because of our I-Team, its members and fostering productive working relationships.

      • 1.75 CEUs

  • 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

      • ​This workshop will provide an overview of normal aging and essential elements of decision-making ability. As discussion of neurodegenerative disorders will be presented and factors that may impair an individual’s ability to make decisions. Presenters will review how cognitive strengths may overshadow more significant deficits impairing a person’s ability to make decisions for their safety and well-being.

      • 1.5 CEUs and 1.5 CLEs

  • The Growing Mental Health Crisis in Older Adults 

    • Presenters: 

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

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

      • One in five older adults suffers from some form of mental illness, one third of these cases go untreated. As Ohio's older adult population grows, so does our need for additional support services. Join us for an educational presentation on the challenges of understanding older adult's mental health needs and participate in a forum for the exchange of ideas, programs and solutions on how to support your residents' mental health needs.

      • 1.0 CEU

  • 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

      • ​Through this presentation, participants will learn about the link between animal and human violence and explore the ‘dark side’ of the human-animal bond and its implications for human and humane services, family welfare agencies, law enforcement, and human and veterinary medicine. The presentation will describe new strategies, public policy, research, and programs to prevent family violence and to respond to its human and animal victims.

      • 1.25 CEUs and 1.25 CLEs

  • 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 

    • Courtney Reynolds, M.A., M.S.S.A., LSW - Research Analyst, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

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

      • This workshop will present the development, implementation, evaluation, and future directions of a training program designed for the Senior Companion Program in Ohio to address abuse, neglect and exploitation (ANE) of older adults and adults with disabilities. Discussions will center on issues raised and lessons learned throughout all steps of the program, along with how the training can be used with other groups working with adults in the community (e.g., professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers) in Ohio.

      • 1.0 CEU

  • 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 

      • ​According to the 2017 Disability Statistics Annual Report, in the United States 35.2% of people that are ages 65+ and are diagnosed with a disability.  According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, approximately 30 percent of individuals with disabilities who need assistance with daily care, maintaining health and safety, and accessing the community have experienced some form of mistreatment. In 2018, individuals served by Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities were 6,802 individuals ages 55 to 64 and 4,077 ages 65+. This workshop will highlight the intersectionality of elder maltreatment and the Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs), a new model of services being implemented in Ohio. The participants will learn how to utilize AACs, in combating elder maltreatment. We will share case scenarios, interventions and strategies for successful community partnerships to combat elder maltreatment. 

      • 1.5 CEUs

  • Culture and Diversity Will Improve Performance Outcomes

    • Presenter: 

    • CeCe Norwood, M.A. - Independent Consultant and Trainer

      • ​The understanding of racial, cultural, and other diversity differences and how these differences impact communication styles, case investigation, case planning, case plan compliance, and subsequent outcomes will be explored in this interactive workshop.  Participants will gain understanding of how instinctively unhelpful judgments can be made about others and how these judgments and stereotypes can impact the professional’s ability to effectively work with older adults who do not share their lived experiences.

      • 1.5 CEUs

If you are being abused or if you think an elderly person you know

is being abused or exploited

call the OhioHOPES Help-Line at 1-800-411-2267 

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