Grant Provides New Assistance for Elderly, Disabled Adult Abuse Victims
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Nayeli Pineda
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $1.9 million to aid disabled adults and elderly persons who are victims of abuse.
The Department of Human Resources will use the grant to provide in-home or temporary placement support for victims who are put through acts of abuse, neglect and exploitation. This financial assistance will help create a safe environment for the elderly and disabled adult victims by providing in-home care, enabling them to remain in their homes once the perpetrators have been removed. Further, the funds will also be used in relocating victims to assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
Each measure is temporary until more stable options are discovered.
“No one should ever be subject to abuse of any kind, and it is reprehensible that it should happen to someone who may not have the physical or mental capabilities to resist or be aware of those acts,” Gov. Ivey said. “This grant will assure elderly and disabled adults who are victims of physical and mental abuse are taken out of harm’s way and receive needed care.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administered the grant through funds made available by the United States Department of Justice. ADECA operates an array of programs meant to support law enforcement, water resource management, victims, recreation, economic development and energy conservation.
“ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey and the Alabama Department of Human Resources to provide solutions for these victims,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell on the grant.
To report any abuse, neglect or exploitation of elderly or disabled victims, please contact the Department of Human Recourses’ Adult Protective Services Division at 334-242-1350.