The Elder Justice Hotline (1-860-808-5555) launched in Connecticut this month in effort to help connect older adults seeking information, assistance, and justice.
Established by the Attorney General’s Office in cooperation with the Coalition for Elder Justice in Connecticut (CEJC), the hotline has been created in response to an influx of allegations of abuse and maltreatment of the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline will act a resource to help older adults in Connecticut seek information, assistance, and justice, on issues that range from age-based discrimination and financial exploitation, to abandonment and neglect.
The Elder Justice Hotline can be reached at 1-860-808-5555 from 8:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays.
The hotline will help link older residents in Connecticut to resources and information to state agencies that will be able to provide assistance and help reduce different kinds of abuse in the long term. While the hotline does not investigate reports of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation, reports of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation received through the Hotline will be referred to the Department of Social Service, Elderly Protective Services Unit.
“As far as elder maltreatment is concerned, at the Department of Social Services we administered support to nearly 8,000 clients last year and received allegations in excess of 11,000,” Dorian Long, director of social work services at the state Department of Social Services, said, referring to 2020 data. – As stated in the CT Mirror
One of the goals of the hotline is to eliminate the obstacle that many individuals face in trying to find the correct department and number to call for a specific problem. The hotline is intended to be the “one stop shop” resource that connects individuals seeking information to the appropriate state agencies. If you are looking to get assistance, please call the Elder justice Hotline at 1-860-808-5555.