To report abuse of a disabled adult or elder person:
- For adults NOT residing in a long-term facility contact Adult Protective Services by phone at 1-866-552-4464 or online at aging.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services-aps.
- For adults residing in a long-term care facility contact Healthcare Facility Regulation by phone at 1-800-878-6442 or online at dch.georgia.gov/healthcare-facility-regulation-0.
Forensic Special Initiatives Unit (FSIU)
Vision: ACTing to Protect At-Risk Adults
Mission: Provide support to the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging Services (DAS) and other local, state and federal partners by identifying and addressing system gaps and developing process improvements to protect Georgia’s at-risk adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The Forensic Special Initiatives Unit supports local, state, and federal agencies serving at-risk adult crime victims through technical assistance, case consultations, case reviews, and At-Risk Crime Tactics (ACT) certification.
FSIU conducts a two-day ACT (At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics) Specialist Certification course. The ACT training is open to primary and secondary responders including law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, EMS, employees of financial institutions, regulatory/social/victim service agencies, key healthcare providers, coroners, medical examiners and other professions who respond to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk adults (the elderly and persons age 18+ with disabilities). This training is not for the general public. Seating is very limited and a waiting list is maintained for each class. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend the training so we can reassign your slot to someone else.
- Topics covered in the ACT Certification class includes: GA Law, types and indicators of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, financial crimes targeting older adults and adults with disabilities, undue influence, Power of Attorney, guardianship, conservatorship, investigations, suspicious deaths, human trafficking, and crimes in facilities.
- ACT Specialists maintain direct access to FSIU through a monthly newsletter which includes a real-time exchange of crime trends around the state, updates on Georgia law, and opportunities for training.
- For current class schedule and registration, visit actschedule.wordpress.com
Georgia Abuse Neglect Exploitation (GANE) App
The GANE App was developed for law enforcement and other professionals who need quick access to tools and resources in the field when responding to crimes involving vulnerable adults. The GANE App (when activated with a special code available only to law enforcement, Adult Protective Services, and Healthcare Facility Regulation) allows access to:
- Georgia Law – A list of crimes specifically related to vulnerable adults, with an identification of crimes with enhanced penalties
- Reporting Agencies – A list of social service and regulatory agencies to report suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation of a vulnerable adult (O.C.G.A. §30-5-4 requires mandated reporting to both social services/regulatory agencies and law enforcement.)
- Financial Capacity Screening Tool – A quick evaluation of the financial capacity of a vulnerable adult
- Mattie’s Call - Allows for the initiation of a Mattie’s Call emergency missing alert for disabled or elderly persons. (The alert is an investigative tool that can only be activated by local law enforcement.)
- TERF - Temporary Emergency Respite Funds (TERF) is a resource only for law enforcement, social services and regulatory agencies to assist in the emergency placement, for up to seven (7) consecutive days, of abused, neglected and exploited at-risk adults whose caregivers have been removed because of illness, arrest, or other reasons. TERF is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
For more information email David Blake at David.Blake@dhs.ga.gov
Online Training and Resources
- The Arc – for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Georgia At-Risk Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Model Protocol
- GA Attorney General Consumer Protection Unit
- GA Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
- GBI At-Risk Adult Abuse Information
- FSIU Financial Exploitation Work Group
- National Center for Victims of Crime
- National Center on Elder Abuse
To obtain EBT and SSA information (law enforcement/prosecutors only)
- Food Stamp/SNAP (EBT) Request for Disclosure of Information
- SSA Request letter
- SSA Privacy act and regulations for release of information
- VBA and VHA form letter for documents
- VA release of information guidelines