Policy Analysis | January 2015

How many states have Departments of Elder Abuse and/or Aging?

Table of Departments and Divisions of Aging in SLC States
State Division Name Superior Department Elder Abuse Services Website Elder Abuse Related Service Provision or Referral Department
Alabama Department of Senior Services Independent Yes http://www.alabamaageline.gov/ Elder Justice and Advocacy Program, Interagency Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse; Refers elder abuse reports to local law enforcement, local Area Agencies on Aging, the Aging & Disability Resource Center, Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services, the Department of Healther, or the Attourney General's Office of Consumer Protection
Arkansas Division of Aging & Adult Services Department of Human Services Yes http://www.daas.ar.gov/ Offers a hotline; Refers elder abuse reports to Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services
Florida Department of Elder Affairs Independent Yes http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/index.php Runs elder abuse prevention program, tracks elder abuse reports; Refers reports of abuse to the Florida Abuse Hotline operated by the Department of Children and Families
Georgia Division of Aging Services Department of Human Services Yes http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/ Houses Adult Protective Services and investigates all reports of abuse
Kentucky Department for Aging & Independent Living Cabinet for Health & Family Services Yes http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/ Elder abuse awareness; Refers reports of abuse to Adult Protection
Louisiana* Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs No http://goea.louisiana.gov/ Refers cases of abuse to Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Aging and Adult Services
Mississippi Division of Aging & Adult Services Department of Human Services Yes http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/aging-adult-services/ Receives reports from the Mississippi Centralized Intake Unit, investigates all reports of elder abuse
Missouri Division of Senior & Disability Services Department of Health and Senior Services Yes http://health.mo.gov/seniors/ Offers exploitation prevention services, provides adult protective services
North Carolina Division of Aging & Adult Services Department of Health & Human Services No http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/ Refers reports of abuse to county social services adult protective services unit
Oklahoma Aging Services Division Department of Human Services No http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/aging/ Refers elder abuse reports to Adult Protective Services district offices
South Carolina Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging No http://aging.sc.gov/ooa/Pages/default.aspx Refers all elder abuse reports to South Carolina Department of Social Services
Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability Independent Yes http://www.tn.gov/aging/ Refers reports of abuse to Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services or Department of Health
Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services Health and Human Services Commission Yes http://www.dads.state.tx.us/ Receives provider reports of abuse, refers individual reports of abuse to the Texas Abuse Hotline, managed by the Department of Family and Protective Services
Virginia Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services Independent No http://www.vadrs.org/ Refers reports of abuse to Virginia Department of Social Services
West Virginia Bureau on Aging and Disability Resources Independent No http://www.wvnavigate.org/ Refers reports of abuse to Adult Protective Service, Bureau for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Resources

*On November 4, 2014, Louisiana voters rejected an amendment to create a Department of Elderly Affairs. Seventy percent of voters voted against the measure.