At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics Certification

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 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 (FSIU) supports local, state and federal agencies serving at-risk adult crime victims through technical assistance, case consultations, case reviews and At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics (ACT) certification.

ACT (At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics) Specialist Certification

Register for ACT Specialist Certification Training

The ACT training is open to law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, EMS, social services/regulatory agencies and financial institution employees who respond to the abuse, neglect and exploitation of at-risk adults (the elderly and persons age 18+ with disabilities). Criminal justice professionals receive priority seating.

This training is not open to the general public.

FSIU conducts a two-day ACT (At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics) Specialist Certification. ACT classes are limited to primary and secondary responders to ensure those who respond to crimes against at-risk adults know how to respond appropriately to best meet the needs of at-risk adult crime victims.

Some topics covered during ACT classes include:

  • GA Law
  • Types and indicators of the various types of abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Financial crimes targeting older adults and adults with disabilities
  • Undue influence
  • Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Conservatorship
  • Investigations
  • Suspicious Death
  • Human trafficking for monthly benefits
  • Crimes in facilities
  • And much more

ACT Specialists:

  • Are go-to experts in their department/region regarding at-risk adult crimes
  • Have direct access to FSIU for real-time exchange of crime trends around GA
  • Have access to ongoing training opportunities and updates
  • Are encouraged to participate in multidisciplinary teams in their regions of the state.

ACT emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of these crimes. This emphasis should increase collaboration between various agencies with diverse legal authority and priorities in order to address crimes against at-risk adults.

ACT Training Classes

Click here for a list of ACT training times and locations. 

The ACT class is open to law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, EMS and social services agencies that respond to the abuse, neglect and exploitation of at-risk adults. This training is not for the general public.

16 hours POST credit, 16 hours EMS credit, 13 hours CLE, and 15 hours LCSW CEU.
Officers must attend both days to receive POST credit.

There is no charge for the training. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the attendee.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to reserve a seat. Once registered for a class, please notify us if you are unable to attend, as classes have waiting lists. (Due to limits on class size and seating, each agency is restricted to three attendees.)

For more information about the class or to inquire about hosting a class, contact:
David Blake at David.Blake@dhs.ga.gov  or Anna Thomas at anna.thomas1@dhs.ga.gov