Bringing Our Leading Senior Service Professionals Together for a New Kind of Event
Lunch and Learn Series
The Elder Justice Lunch and Learn Series delivers twelve FREE virtual webinars designed to support aging professionals prevent and fight against abuse and neglect in the age of COVID-19. Industry experts and local elder justice warriors will share knowledge and resources that have helped enhance their work with older adults.
Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano, and Alameda, in partnership with California Department of Social Services and other partners is thrilled to announce the 5th annual elder justice forum brought to you a little bit differently this year. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, it has changed the world, our community, and the elder care industry as we know it. Given the immense impact on seniors and older disabled adults, we find it more important than ever to gather from far and wide to exchange ideas, input and seek new viewpoints. The Elder Justice Lunch and Learn Series brings us together to effectively learn innovative tactics, strategies, and advocacy, expanding your reach and impact.
Mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month from June 18, 2020, to May 20, 2021. Each session is scheduled from 12 to 1 PM PST.
*Note: December’s webinar will be held on the second Thursday of the month, December 10th.
Join Us to Learn About These Topics and So Much More:
- Preventing Eviction in the Age of COVID-19
- National Trends in Adult Protective Services Amid COVID-19
- Professional Strategies – Taking Care of Ourselves So We Can Take Care of Others
- Actionable Engagement Tactics to Prevent Isolation + Advances in Technology
- Rights Afforded to Victims and Their Families
- The Art and Science of working with “Non-Verbal” Clients
- Expanding Reach and Impact with Community Based Organizations, First Responders, Local Government and More
- Scam Prevention and Recovery
Upcoming Presenters Include:
Join Us for Our Next Monthly Webinar:
October 15, 2020
12 PM – 1 PM PST
Lori Smetanka and Joseph Rodrigues
12 PM – 1 PM PST
Lori Smetanka and Joseph Rodrigues
Abuse Prevention & Intervention in Long-Term Care
Session #5 – October 15, 2020
Abuse Prevention & Intervention in Long-Term Care
Lori Smetanka, Executive Director, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Lori Smetanka is the Executive Director of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, the leading national nonprofit advocacy organization representing consumers receiving long-term care and services in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home and community based settings. As Executive Director, Lori oversees and contributes to the organization’s policy, advocacy, and program activities; leads the organization’s fundraising efforts; establishes strategic partnerships with organizations and federal agencies working on issues related to the provision of long-term services and supports; and establishes the strategic direction of the organization.
From 2004 – 2016 she served as the Director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, providing technical assistance, training, and support to the 53 State and more than 570 local long-term care ombudsman programs across the country. Prior to that role, Lori served as Law and Policy Specialist at the Consumer Voice, where she provided policy analysis, consultation, education, technical assistance, and training on long-term care issues. She received a B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Joseph Rodrigues, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, California Department of Aging
Joseph Rodrigues has been the California State Long-Term Care Ombudsman since August 2002. As the independent State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, appointed by the Governor, Mr. Rodrigues oversees 35 local Ombudsman programs, with approximately 725 certified Ombudsman representatives who have a regular presence in approximately 1,230 skilled nursing facilities and 7,300 residential care facilities for the elderly. Ombudsman representatives work to resolve individual problems of residents and address systemic issues as well.
Prior to his appointment as State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Mr. Rodrigues was the Assistant Director of the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging where he was responsible for needs assessments, planning, and the delivery of Older Americans Act and Older Californians Act home and community-based services to keep older persons independent and in their own homes.
Before working for the County of Alameda, Rodrigues was the Executive Director of St. Peter’s Community Adult Day Care Center, the first licensed Adult Day Support Center in the county. Adult Day Programs help older persons and persons with disabilities with the activities of daily living while providing respite to family caregivers.
After serving two consecutive terms, Rodrigues is a Past President of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs where he led the Association’s work with Congress to reauthorize and modernize the Ombudsman provisions of the Older Americans Act. Rodrigues has been on the faculty of Holy Family College in Fremont, the California State University, Hayward, and for 11 years, the California State University, Sacramento where he taught several courses in the Gerontology Department. He is a member of the American Society on Aging and Sigma Phi Omega, the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology. Rodrigues chaired the Leadership Council of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and is the past Vice President of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Rodrigues earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Patrick’s College in Mountain View, California and a Master of Divinity degree from their graduate school in Menlo Park, California. He also holds a Lifetime Instructor Credential from the California Community College system.
Session #1 – June 18, 2020
Keynote: Collaboration and the Future of Elder Justice
Paul Greenwood, Expert in Elder Abuse Investigation and Prosecution
Newly retired Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood was a lawyer in England for 13 years. After relocating to San Diego in 1991 he passed the California Bar and joined the DA’s office in 1993. For twenty two years Paul headed up the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit at the San Diego DA’s Office. In 1999 California Lawyer magazine named Paul as one of their top 20 lawyers of the year in recognition of his pioneering efforts to pursue justice on behalf of senior citizens.
He has prosecuted over 750 felony cases of both physical, sexual, emotional and financial elder abuse. He has also prosecuted ten murder cases, including one death penalty case.
In March 2018 Paul retired from the San Diego DA’s office to concentrate on sharing lessons learned from his elder abuse prosecutions with a wider audience. In October 2018 he was given a lifetime achievement award by his former office.
Paul now spends much of his post retirement time consulting on elder abuse cases and providing trainings to law enforcement and Adult Protective Services agencies across the country and internationally. He is also involved as the criminal justice board member of National Adult Protective Services Association.
Session #2 – July 16, 2020
Preventing Eviction in the Age of COVID-19
Ollie Ehlinger, Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Northern California, Solano
Session #3 – August 20, 2020
National Trends in Adult Protective Services During COVID-19
Lori Delagrammatikas, Executive Director at National Adult Protective Services Association
Ms. Delagrammatikas, MSW is the Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA). Representing members from across the nations, Lori works to enhance APS practice nationally, and strengthen and expand services to older adults and adults with disabilities. She also provides technical assistance and education to Adult Protective Services workers and their stakeholders around the country. Ms. Delagrammatikas is the former governor appointed Adult Protective Services (APS) Liaison to the counties from the California Department of Social Services. In that position, she coordinated APS services for the entire state of California.
Lori has extensive experience providing training to APS, having worked for 8 years as the program manager of the M.A.S.T.E.R. program at the Academy for Professional Excellence, San Diego State University where she spearheaded the development of the NAPSA’s 23 core competency training modules APS that are currently being used, in whole or in part, by APS programs throughout the nation.
Advocating for Elder Justice in the COVID-19 Era
Lisa Nerenberg, Executive Director of the California Elder Justice Coalition
Lisa Nerenberg, MSW MPH has been a leader in the field of elder abuse prevention for over 35 years. She is Executive Director of the California Elder Justice Coalition, which was formed in 2012 to provide a voice from the field to state policy makers, and an instructor at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches classes in gerontology, elder abuse, and ageism. She was the founding director of the San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention, which piloted the nation’s first elder abuse multidisciplinary team and other widely-replicated services. She has presented at hundreds of professional forums, testified before Congressional committees, served on governmental advisory boards, and written extensively about elder abuse, undue influence, elder justice, public health approaches to combating elder abuse and health disparities, and related topics. Her newly released Elder Justice, Ageism and Elder Abuse (Springer, 2019) offers a framework for promoting individual rights and social justice in aging policy and programs. Her earlier Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies (Springer, 2008) describes what the public, government, agencies, and advocates can do to prevent abuse, treat its effects, and ensure justice.
Session #4 – September 17, 2020
Lunch & Learn Panel: Civil, Criminal or Self Determination
Jim Treggiari, Executive Director, Legal Assistance for Seniors
James Treggiari is the Executive Director at Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS). He has spent his career focused on assisting clients from disenfranchised communities, including seniors, homeless individuals and families, transgender youth in Los Angeles, and dually diagnosed adults in New Hampshire. James received his J.D. in 2008, a Master of Social Work degree in 2005, and a BA in Psychology in 2003.
For the past ten years at LAS, James has been both a staff attorney assisting clients in elder abuse and conservatorship cases, and since 2015, the Executive Director of the agency. He has co-authored an article on elder abuse restraining order practice in California and presented at a national conference on civil rights regarding the challenges facing older adults.
Jill Nielsen, Deputy Director of Programs, Department of Disability and Aging Services, City and County of San Francisco
Jill Nielsen is the Deputy Director of Programs for the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS), where she is responsible for overseeing multiple programs, including Adult Protective Services and In-Home Supportive Services. Additionally, Jill serves as San Francisco’s Public Guardian, Public Conservator, and Public Administrator. She has worked in the field of aging and disability services for almost 20 years, serving in multiple professional capacities focused on protecting the rights of vulnerable adults.
She is currently on the board for the California Elder Justice Coalition as well as the statewide association that represents Public Guardians, Public Conservators, and Public Administrators. Jill obtained her Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Krishna Abrams, Solano County District Attorney
Krishna Abrams is serving her second term as Solano County’s District Attorney. First elected in 2014, Ms. Abrams became the first female District Attorney of Solano County. DA Abrams has devoted her career to seeking justice for crime victims. She has been a champion for victims of child abuse, domestic abuse, and elder abuse. As a prosecutor and leader of her office, her priorities are: (1) giving victims a voice, (2) holding offenders accountable, and (3) ensuring the fair administration of justice for all.
Throughout her 25- year career as a prosecutor, DA Abrams has worked tirelessly for crime victims, including helping those who have lost a loved one to violence. She has extensive experience trying murder cases and that was reflected in 2013 when she was given the award for, “Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year,” by the California District Attorneys Association. DA Abrams’ work has also been recognized by the Solano County Sheriff’s Department, Iball Vallejo, Children’s Network, Heroes of Solano, and Soroptimist International of Central Solano County.
One of DA Abrams first priorities as the elected District Attorney was to make sure there were adequate resources in preventing, detecting and prosecuting elder abuse. She has made fighting elder abuse a priority as she hired an investigator whose job is dedicated to helping those who may be a victim of elder abuse. At the Solano Family Justice Center, her office has partnered with organizations that can also combat abuse.
DA Abrams’ door is always open. Part of the mission at her office, “To Seek and Do Justice,” is to provide the most needed answers to those in need and provide whatever resources that are available. She strives to expand community involvement so that one day elder abuse can be eradicated from our county.
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- Adult Protective Services
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- In-Home Support Services
- Meals on Wheels
- Friendly Visiting
- Telephone Reassurance
- Legal Assistance
- Home Care
- Health Care
- Social Workers
- Alzheimer’s Support
…Any and all elder care service professionals, we call on you to help blaze the trail into a safer, stronger future for older and disabled adults. The time is now to gather together, learn, and implement new solutions for critical issues facing our elders.
1. If I register for one of the webinars, am I signed up to attend the rest?
No, you must register for each webinar individually through Eventbrite. You can find links to the most recent registration page on our website, through our social media – Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram, and we will send out weekly registration emails.
2. When registering for the Lunch and Learn event, do I need to answer all the survey questions?
Yes, answering these survey questions helps us ensure that we continue to deliver content that you want and need most. It also helps to tailor future events and activities.
3. What if I register for a session and miss a portion or was unable to attend? Can I access a recording?
To help you get the most out of each session, whether you were able to attend the full webinar or not, we will be sending out a full replay to all registered guests within one week after the taping.
4. How do I join the webinar?
You should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite with Zoom Access information once you register. We will send out reminder emails the week of the event with the Zoom links as well.
5. When will each of the webinars be held?
Each Lunch & Learn webinar will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 12 PM – 1 PM PST/PDT except for December. The December webinar will be held on December 10, 2020.
- Thursday, June 18, 2020
- Thursday, July 16, 2020
- Thursday, August 20, 2020
- Thursday, September 17, 2020
- Thursday, October 15, 2020
- Thursday, November 19, 2020
- December: December 10, 2020
- Thursday, January 21, 2021
- Thursday, February 18, 2021
- Thursday, March 18, 2021
- Thursday, April 15, 2021
- Thursday, May 20, 2021
6. Who can join the Lunch and Learn program?
Addressing, preventing, and spreading awareness of elder abuse requires a multi-level, multi-disciplinary approach. The Elder Justice Lunch and Learn program welcomes all elder care industry professionals, services, organizations, and community members. We need to stand together as one movement loudly and clearly advocating for a nationwide community of older and dependent adults and their families.
7. What do I do if I am experiencing technical difficulties or having issues with the zoom link?
Although we have a hardworking team of webinar gurus assisting with production, sometimes technical issues may occur that are outside of our control. If you are experiencing any issues, please email us at email@example.com and we will respond as soon as possible to help solve.
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