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Cross-training topics

Cross-training by or for network members or others in the community can strengthen the network and benefit members and the community.

It can help members and the community better understand each other and how to work together to help victims.

Professional cross-training

You can structure cross-training presentations by profession. Consider bringing in subject matter experts to train network members if members don't have the expertise to train one another.

Network members conducting cross-training can also use these guiding questions to develop their presentation:

  • What is the role of each organization in an elder fraud case?
  • What is the timing of case progression in various agencies?
  • What are the priorities, limitations, and abilities of each organization or agency?
  • What information can and cannot be shared by each organization? How can information be shared?

Financial institutions

  • Operations
  • Detection and reporting procedures
  • Policies, regulations, and laws affecting elder financial exploitation work
  • Bank Secrecy Act and Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filings

Law enforcement

  • Case development
  • Case referral
  • Bank Secrecy Act; SAR access and filings
  • Other issues that affect elder financial exploitation work

Adult Protective Services

  • Reporting laws requirements
  • Definition of capacity
  • Services provided
  • Other issues affecting work with vulnerable adults

Legal services

  • Definition of capacity
  • Restraining orders
  • Revocation of powers of attorney
  • Wills and Trusts, real estate matters, etc.
  • Guardianship assistance
  • Evictions of unwanted guests in an older adult’s home

Other cross-training ideas

Ask other members, like health care providers, to present on their work related to elder financial exploitation.

You can also consider holding a day-long or half-day training for criminal justice professionals on handling elder financial abuse cases. A training could include sessions by local leaders on topics such as:

  • Common civil and criminal legal issues in cases
  • Responding to reports of elder financial exploitation
  • Conducting an investigation of elder fraud
  • Key documents needed for an elder fraud case
  • Preparing an elder fraud case for prosecution
  • Collaborating with other organizations

Additional training topics

  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • State laws related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  • Mandatory reporting laws for elder abuse, including who is required to report abuse
  • Statistics on elder financial exploitation in your area