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Pennsylvania Criticized For How It Handles Elder Abuse Cases


HARRISBURG (AP) – A Pennsylvania watchdog agency is criticizing how county-level agencies investigate thousands of complaints they receive about elder abuse and how the state ensures complaints are investigated adequately. Among the shortcomings identified by the Office of State Inspector General were failures to properly investigate complaints under timelines required by state law. A summary of the report says investigative practices are not standardized across counties and it criticizes training requirements for caseworkers who are fielding a fast-growing number of complaints. Complaints can involve physical abuse, self-neglect or financial exploitation. The Associated Press in 2017 reviewed Department of Aging records and found the performance of county-level agencies varied widely. The Wolf Administration cleared out the department’s top two officials and says it’s begun addressing the report’s findings. You can read the report by CLICKING THIS LINK.