Elder Abuse Investigations Threatened By California Budget Cuts

In California, approximately 200,000 claims of elder abuse are investigated every year by California social services. Because of proposed cuts to the California state budget, the ability to investigate claims of neglect or abuse could be reduced dramatically at a time when a greater portion of our population will be considered “elderly.”

The director of the Center of Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect at UC Irvine is watching closely whether 75 social worker positions will be cut in the upcoming state budget. Mary Twomey stated that such a reduction in the investigation work force could translate into 20,000 allegations of elder abuse or neglect that will go uninvestigated.