Currently, there are 55 social service, government & law enforcement agencies and organizations which constitute this task force and meet on a monthly basis in addition to serving on committees and subcommittees
The initiates of the task force are as follows:
- Require professional guardians to become certified (including training, professional standards, bonded).
- Change the accounting form filed annually requiring the judge to sign an attestation that he/she reviewed it and it meets the fiduciary standard.
- Adopt standard investigation form for vulnerable adult investigation and include training for law enforcement, prosecutors, Adult Protective Service workers, and Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards academy.
- Review the process for emergency petitions for guardianship/conservatorship to require a full hearing with the ward present and medical testimony.
- Develop statutory basic rights for the family of the ward including notice and the opportunity to file pro-se motions/documents, visitation, etc. Court to provide written opinions as to reasons a relative is not appropriate for the guardian. Court to review documents every 6 months.
- Review the process of guardian removal of the ward from the home. Must present the court with a written plan exploring all alternatives for removal; review of the sale of the ward's home and appraisal shall be required to accompany any purchase agreement.
Mandate reporting for financial institutions on suspected fraud/exploitation.
Help develop local level, multi-disciplinary teams.
Continuing to bring awareness to the often unrecognized and unreported instances of elder abuse in the state, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will be the guest speaker at several Elder Abuse town halls hosted by legislators in October and November.
Attorney General Nessel said she is honored to be the guest speaker at the following town halls:
- Detroit – 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, with Rep. Leslie Love at Greater Emmanuel Institution, located at 19190 Schaefer Hwy. in Detroit.
- Kalamazoo – 11:30 a.m. Monday, oct. 21, with Sen. Sean McCann and Rep. Jon Hoadley at IBEW Local 131 located at 3641 E. Cork St. in Kalamazoo.
- Howell – 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, with Rep. Hank Vaupel at Livingston County EMS, located at 1911 Tooley Rd. in Howell.
- Lansing – 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, with Rep. Angela Whitwer at Delta Township District Library, located at 5130 Davenport Dr. in Lansing.
- Ypsilanti – 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 with Rep. Ronnie Peterson at Huron Valley PAC, located at 2940 Ellsworth Rd. in Ypsilanti.
Nessel and local lawmakers are hoping to share more information with residents about the resources available to them now and efforts to better safeguard our most vulnerable populations – including how seniors can protect themselves from elder abuse and common consumer scams
For additional information, the AG's Elder Abuse Task Force To learn more about the Elder Abuse Task Force, visit www.mi.gov/elderabuse. Questions from social workers may be directed to Kenneth Sherman at email@example.com.