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Three community groups recognized for elder abuse prevention

Local Coordinating Councils on Elder Abuse covers 93 counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2016) — Three community groups have received awards from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to help their efforts to stop elder abuse.

At a conference focusing on elder abuse prevention earlier this month, CHFS presented three Public Awareness Initiative awards for $500 each to the Kentucky River Council Against the Maltreatment of Elders (CAME), the Northern Kentucky Elder Maltreatment Alliance (EMA) and the Pulaski County Elder Abuse Council.

The three award winners are part of the state’s network of 24 Local Coordinating Councils on Elder Abuse (LCCEAs), which covers 93 counties. The councils provide focused education to their communities to protect the elder population from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

CAME operates in Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe counties.

EMA, serving Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties, has members that include health care providers, legal professionals, medical providers, veterans and other community advocates.

The Pulaski County Elder Abuse Council meets monthly to plan outreach efforts and events in the county.

Kentucky received more than 30,000 calls to report abuse, neglect and exploitation of people age 60 and older for state fiscal year 2015.

In Kentucky, reporting suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation is the law, and it’s confidential. The toll-free reporting hotline is 1-877-KYSAFE1 (1-877-597-2331).