Feds to Start Collecting Data for New Elder Abuse Reporting System

The Department of Health and Human Services plans to soon launch a data collection program that will assist experts combating elderly exploitation, according to an article published in The Washington Post titled Elder abuse – Often the kin did it: Feds to collect data.

“Unfortunately, the extent of elder abuse by guardians is relatively unknown to us due to the limited data that we have available,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing last week.

Early next year, HHS will begin the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), which the department describes as “the first comprehensive national reporting system” for Adult Protective Service (APS) programs. The data collection will include information from investigations into the mistreatment of older adults and adults with disabilities.