Directory of Participating Agencies:

- UCI College of Medicine, Geriatrics
- Adult Protective Services
- Office of the District Attorney
- Sheriff's Department
- Public Administrator/Public Guardian
- Community Service Programs
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Older Adult Services
- Human Options

UCI College of Medicine, Geriatrics [ back to top ]

The Program in Geriatrics at UCI College of Medicine and UCI Medical Center provides primary medical care and consultation for the elderly throughout Orange County. Its multidisciplinary team of board-certified geriatricians, psychologists, gerontologists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and rehabilitation specialists are dedicated to the medical and psychosocial well being of seniors and provide care at UCI Medical Center's outpatient clinics, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities and Mobile Medicine clinic. Its team of medical experts specializing in elder abuse provides victim examinations and consultation to Adult Protective Services, social service agencies, law enforcement and the district attorney's office. In addition to its clinical activities, the Program in Geriatrics has developed and implemented geriatric education programs and is active in groundbreaking research on elder abuse, neglect and persons aging with disabilities.

Adult Protective Services (APS) [ back to top ]

Adult Protective Services (APS) provides services directed at remedying abuse or exploitation of adults who are unable to protect their own interests because of age or disability. Services are provided to elders and dependent adults residing in Orange County without regard to income or resources, as victims of abuse are found in all areas of the county and in all socio-economic groups. APS is mandated by the State of California to investigate reports of abuse of elder or dependent adults that are alleged to have occurred in the community with exception to abuse in licensed long-term care facilities which is investigated by the Long Term Care Ombudsman. Investigations are conducted by specially trained social workers, who coordinate with law enforcement when it appears that a crime has been committed. APS also provides crisis intervention, 24-hour emergency response and case management services, as well as certain tangible services for victims.

Office of the District Attorney [ back to top ]

The Orange County District Attorney's Office is the largest law firm in the County of Orange. The Office is comprised of more than 270 attorneys and 220 investigators representing the People of the State of California in all criminal and some civil proceeding in the criminal justice system in Orange County. The Family Protection Unit oversees all cases involving Elder and Dependent adult abuse cases, as well as all cases of domestic violence, stalking, child abductions, and child abuse law violations. This unit is under the Supervision of Assistant District Attorney Jo Marie Escobar and Senior Assistant District Attorney Bryan Brown. The mission of the Office of the District Attorney of Orange County is to enhance public safety and welfare, and create a sense of security in the community through the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient and ethical manner.

Sheriff's Department [ back to top ]

The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) is responsible for law enforcement for 12 cities within Orange County and operates the Transit Police Services for the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA). These services provide law enforcement protection for bus passengers and protection for OCTA property including all the rail lines throughout the county. The OCSD provides security at the John Wayne Airport and Orange County Fairgrounds through a contractual arrangement with the County. The harbors and coastline of Orange County are also patrolled by the OCSD. The OCSD employs more than 4,000 people, including 1,897 Sworn Regular Officers, 212 Sworn Reserve Officers and 1,950 professional staff personnel. The population served by the OCSD is in excess of 575,000 people.

Public Administrator/Public Guardian [ back to top ]

The Public Administrator (PA) protects the assets and manages the affairs of deceased residents of Orange County who at the time of death left no known heirs, no will, no named executor or an executor who is ineligible. The PA searches for assets belonging to the decedent, arranges for the interment when there are no known relatives, makes a search for heirs, and acts as administrator of estates when named in a will or when heirs request such service. The Public Guardian/Probate Conservator responds to referrals from Adult Protective Services, local law enforcement agencies and the Superior Court to investigate persons, usually elderly, who are unable to properly provide for their personal needs of physical health, food, clothing or shelter, who are at risk of undue influence by others, or whose property is subject to loss, injury, waste or mismanagement. When appointed by the court, the Public Guardian assumes responsibility for care of the person and his or her assets.

Community Service Programs (CSP) Victim/Witness Assistance Program [ back to top ]

The Orange County Victim/Witness Assistance Program was established in 1978 by CSP Inc., recognizing that all too often victims of crimes were forgotten and faced additional problems following the incident. The Program was founded with the commitment of the community and the encouragement of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Dedicated volunteers opened the first Victim/Witness Assistance Program Centers in West and North County Municipal Courts. In 1980, the Orange County Board of Supervisors recognized CSP as the major provider of services to victims of crime and entered into an agreement for continuation of the program. Grant funds received from the Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Planning allowed for the expansion of the Program to serve all areas of Orange County. Victim/Witness Assistance Program goals are to identify and provide needed services for victims and witnesses and to encourage their cooperation in case investigations and the offenders' prosecution. Translation services for non-English speaking clients are available. Workshops on crime prevention and victim services are presented on request throughout Orange County.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman [ back to top ]

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Service exists to help Orange County residents maintain or improve their quality of life, while living in a skilled nursing or residential care facility. The mission is to empower residents and to act on behalf of those who can't, through advocacy and complaint investigation and resolution. An Ombudsman is charged with helping residents live as they wish. However, the expressed wish of the resident may not be in agreement with what a family member or facility director thinks is best. In that case, the Ombudsman works to mediate a resolution that honors the expressed wish of the resident. Older and dependent adults living in long-term care facilities face some unavoidable limitations when they have to leave their own homes. Privacy and independence may be curtailed by the need for care and assistance. Those few limitations do not require that they also give up their fundamental human rights of self-determination and dignity, including the right to be heard and taken seriously, and the right to express their own wishes and have them respected.

Older Adult Services [ back to top ]

Older Adult Services provides mobile mental health services and episodic treatment services to community-dwelling older adults (60 and older) that emphasize individual needs, strengths, choices, and involvement in service planning and implementation. The staff seeks to identify those situations which could benefit from services leading to a better quality of life for older adults disabled by mental illness. The Older Adult Services staff seek to reach homebound older adults, help the clients and their families understand mental illness, provide the needed services, information and referral that would improve the client's life, help older adult clients obtain the highest level of independent functioning, and prevent the need for hospitalization or long term placement out of the home.

Human Options [ back to top ]

Human Options has been offering comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence for more than 20 years. The mission is to help battered women, their families and our community break the cycle of domestic violence. Human Options does this by providing:

  • An Elder Abuse prevention program for older victims of domestic elder abuse. This program serves both men and women who are elder abuse victims offering case management, in-home counseling, supportive services and advocacy.
  • Emergency shelter which includes safe housing, counseling, supportive services, legal advocacy and children's program for up to 45 days. The emergency shelter also includes the family healing center which offers shelter graduates transitional housing, counseling and supportive services for 90 days
  • 24-hour English and Spanish crisis hotline for shelter intake and crisis counseling
  • Second Step transitional housing facility for graduates of an emergency shelter offering housing, counseling, supportive services and vocational assistance for up to one year
  • A Community Resource Center offering individual and family counseling, support programs for both adults and children, parenting education, Personal Empowerment Program, and legal advocacy
  • A Counseling Center offering batterers' treatment services and counseling for victims of domestic violence
  • Community education program offering violence prevention presentations for grades K-12

Last year Human Options served 1,479 women, children and seniors in our emergency shelter, Second Step transitional housing program, Community Resource Center, Counseling Center and Elder Abuse Prevention program. In addition the Community Education program staff spoke to more than 15,900 students and educators.

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