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Bringing Our Leading Senior Service Professionals Together for a New Kind of Event

Welcome Elder Justice Warriors!

Thank you for joining our event. It’s an honor to have you stand with us in the fight against elder abuse and neglect in this new age of care. Below are our PowerPoint presentations from each webinar and a video replay so you won’t miss a moment of insights, resources, or support.

Thank you for your passion and commitment to making a difference. 

Session #1 – June 18, 2020

Keynote: Collaboration and the Future of Elder Justice

Paul Greenwood, Expert in Elder Abuse Investigation and Prosecution

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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.

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Session #2 – July 16, 2020

Preventing Eviction in the Age of COVID-19

Ollie Ehlinger, Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Northern California, Solano

Oliver Ehlinger is the Managing Attorney of the Solano County office of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC).  LSNC provides free civil legal advice and representation for low-income, disabled, and senior residents of Northern California.  Oliver has served over 3000 individuals in his legal services career and has represented clients in state, federal, and administrative courts.  He is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law and a North Carolina native.

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Additional Q&A – You’ve Got Questions, Ollie Has Answers

Here’s a List of Your Questions Ollie Answers: 

  1. If you allow a friend or a relative to live in a house you own, but they do not pay rent are they still considered a renter?
  2. To be a renter, does there need to be a signed lease or rental agreement, either month to month or longer, or does a verbal agreement still require the same eviction process?
  3. What are the legal rights of a family who hired a caregiver for their father, and in lieu of money, they included room and board, however, when the father passes, and the family wants the caretaker to leave, the caretaker refuses?
  4. If someone stays in an Airbnb and won’t leave, how does the landlord get them out?
  5. What if the tenant or owner does not have mental capacity?
  6. What if an owner is terminating the tenancy because they are selling?
  7. Could there be an elder abuse allegation or undue influence angle in cases where the senior has been convinced to transfer title? 
  8. Has there been an increase in incidents of domestic violence during COVID-19? Has your office used VAWA to stop evictions successfully? 
  9. If a tenant is current on rent and has lived in the property for 11 years, the landlord passed away, and daughter’s of the landlord has given the tenant a 45-day notice to vacate the premises, is this considered a legal notice? 

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.

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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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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.

Joe Rodrigues, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, California Department of Aging

Joe 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.

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Additional Q&A – You’ve Got Questions, Joe and Lori Have Answers

Here’s a List of Your Questions Lori and Joe Answer: 

  1. Does California long-term care ombudsman have jurisdiction in Los Angeles County, public hospital facilities, or other county-based public facilities?
  2. What are appropriate interventions for when a resident’s judgment may be considered impaired, and how can ombudsman assist in those situations?
  3. As long-term care ombudsman, how can we encourage facilities to trust us and our motives for the residents and the facilities so they can report issues to us?
  4. What resources are available for a friend or relative of a resident if they are not legally responsible for the resident but would like to see or know what’s going on with them?
  5. What can be done to ensure that ombudsman programs are aware of COVID positive facilities?
  6. Can you recommend an interactive presentation on residents’ rights or another presentation that’s available in the Consumer Voice library that we can look to that talks about current pandemic issues?
    1. Access the Consumer Voice Library
    2. Listen in to the Consumer Voice Podcast
    3. Check out the latest Consumer Voice Webinars
    4. See more resources for advocates here
  7. Are there opportunities to train facility staff and help with their stress levels to promote positive treatments of residents?

Session #6 – November 10, 2020

Impacts and Innovations of Isolation and Mental Health

Dr. Chandra Keebler, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Keebler is a specialist in Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Medicine.  She completed her medical education in 2012 at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in La Jolla, CA.  She completed Internal Medicine residency in 2015 at University of California, Los Angeles in Westwood, CA and stayed at UCLA to complete separate fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  Dr. Keebler joined Kaiser Permanente in 2017 and cares for patients in the Memory Clinic, the My Care My Home program, and skilled nursing facilities.

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