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Issue 28, Summer 2005

Governor Appoints Elder Abuse Task Force
by Alison Hirschel, MPLP Elder Law Attorney


In May, Governor Granholm created the Michigan Task Force on Elder Abuse to make
recommendations on ways to ensure that Michigan's senior citizens are protected from abuse, fraud, neglect, and financial exploitation. Task force members will review current state efforts to prevent and prosecute elder abuse, identify and prioritize issues and challenges that must be addressed to prevent abuse, and provide recommendations to develop a plan to generate public awareness on the scope of elder abuse.

The task force must present a final report to the Governor by May 31, 2006. The directors of the Office of Services to the Aging, the Department of Community Health, the Department of Human Services, the Department of State Police, and the commissioner of the Office of Financial and Insurance Services will serve as non voting members of the task force. The 15 members appointed by the Governor as voting members are:

  • Susan Sevensma of Grand Rapids representing the medical community;

  • Kym Worthy of Wayne representing prosecuting attorneys;

  • Kay Hoffman of Mason, representing chiefs of police;

  • Robert Pickel of Flushing representing county sheriffs;

  • Diana Jones of Detroit, vice president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan representing health care organizations;

  • Dorothy Jones of Ypsilanti representing older adults;

  • The Honorable David Newblatt of Genesee County representing judges;

  • Anita Salustro of East Lansing, on staff at AARP/Michigan, representing aging advocacy groups statewide;

  • Jonathan Mead of Escanaba, representing area agencies on aging;

  • Karen Shrock of Southfield, executive director of Adult Well Being who will represent persons interested in aging issues;

  • Priscilla Strakovits of Oakland County, who will represent persons interested in aging issues;

  • Alex Romero of Detroit, representing persons interested in aging issues.

  • Roxanne Chang of Plymouth, represent elder law attorneys;

  • Carol Morris of Westland, representing elder law attorneys; and

  • Nancy Smit of Plainwell, representing tribal communities.