AGING SERVICES: Elder Justice Coalition


  {Elder Justice Coalition logo with blue and yellow circle}

The State Department on Aging (SDA) began the Coalition in 2013 to address growing elder justice issues in Connecticut. The Coalition is a multidisciplinary group of public and private stakeholders working together to achieve its mission to prevent elder abuse and protect the rights, and promote the independence, security, and well-being of vulnerable elders.

Coalition Goals:
  • Develop more cohesive and collaborative initiatives to raise awareness and educate people of all ages about Elder Justice / Elder Abuse;
  • Increase statewide collaboration and development of potential solutions to prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and address other elder justice issues;
  • Expand network to include organizations, state and community agencies, law enforcement, academia, and medical providers to work together as a public / private Coalition; and
  • Promote the rights and autonomy of older people and those with disabilities in Connecticut.
The Coalition works to fulfill its mission through Action Teams of member organizations. They continue to identify and address  concerns that impact their organizationís and/or the stateís ability to support an adequate public-private infrastructure and the resources needed to be in place to prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

To spearhead the development of the Coalition and coordinate the day to day operations the Commissioner of the State Department on Aging appointed Co-Chairs of the Coalition from the SDA. They are supported by a Steering Committee including representatives from 5 member organizations to plan activities and conferences.  Further, an appointed Coordinating Council of twenty-two partner organizations from within and outside of state government including aging, disability, advocacy, elder rights, law enforcement, finance, education, victim services and others  oversees the operations of the Coalition.

The Coordinating Council Mission Statement is to communicate and collaborate with Public and Private Stakeholders in Connecticut to address elder justice issues in order to prevent elder abuse.

The Coordinating Council members:
  • Collaboratively work on elder justice issues in Connecticut;
  • Participate in meetings (an estimated 2 meetings per year) and / or provide designee to participate;
  • Communicate elder justice issues to the Council as they relate to their organization;
  • Advise and be a resource to Coalition Action Teams;
  • Commit to participate in or lead (or provide designee(s) ) at least one Action Team involving an issue of importance to their organization;
  • Attend and Participate in the annual conference that involves shared learning and Action Team presentations including activities and progress; and
  • Assist in the development of action plans and, when appropriate, move them forward.
Governor Malloy has recognized the Coalition and supported participation by various state departments to protect elders from multiple forms of elder abuse through issuing Executive Order 24, announced in his press release on July 17, 2014.

Learn more about membership or join the Coalition at No Cost by filling out the "Membership Form"  For concerns about elder justice issues in Connecticut, please contact one of its co-chairs: Mimi Peck-Llewellyn, State Department on Aging Staff Attorney for Elder Rights and Legal Services Development, or by calling her at 860-424-5244; or Nancy Shaffer, State Long Term Care Ombudsman, or by calling her at 860-424-5238.

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