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Coalition on Elder Abuse Holds 4th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Millbrook

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More than 145 people turned out for the Coalition on Elder Abuse’s 4th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day conference on June 15 at the Farm and Home Center in Millbrook. This year’s conference theme, There’s No Excuse For Elder Abuse: Joining Forces, Joining Partnerships, focused on the necessity of a multi-disciplinary team approach to elder abuse prevention and intervention. Donna Dougherty, Esq., Attorney in Charge, Legal Services for the Elderly, in the Legal/Social Work Elder Abuse Program (LEAP) at JASA, was the keynote speaker and described the multi-disciplinary team initiatives that have been successful in addressing elder abuse. The Elder Rights and Safety Award was presented to Rochelle McDonough, Crime Victim’s Specialist with the NYS Police in Millbrook, for her commitment to increasing safety and support for elder abuse victims. The Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County, under the auspices of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, includes more than 40 agencies and individuals working together to protect elders from abuse, neglect and exploitation and to preserve the quality of their lives. The Coalition meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Kathy Sheehan at 471-7213 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Training participants had this to say about the course, “Thank you!  The program was superb in content and presentation.”  “This was a very comprehensive course teaching the transformative mediation process.  This was great!”  “The extreme amount of student participation/interaction makes it very comfortable and very beneficial in learning through practice.  This training…was excellent.  I will use it in my personal and professional life.”  

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