Forensic Special Initiatives Unit (FSIU)

To report abuse of a disabled adult or elder person:

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.

Forensic Special Initiatives Unit (FSIU) patchACT Class

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.

GANE Brochure

GANE Overview

For more information email David Blake at David.Blake@dhs.ga.gov

Online Training and Resources

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