Elder Affairs Officers in Rhode Island: An Exploratory Descriptive Study

Kelsey Harrington, Roger Williams University

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This paper examines the current state and perceived effectiveness of the Elder Affairs Officer system in Rhode Island, with an additional focus on identifying how current practice might be improved. To the author's knowledge, this is the first systematic study of this issue. Participants in the study were Elder Affairs Officers from police departments around Rhode Island. A survey was used to allow officers to share their experiences and opinions of the current system. Results of this study include participants' positive view of multi-disciplinary teams and the need for increased training in Rhode Island. Recommendations for training and implementation of multi-disciplinary teams are proposed.