UTHealth leads effort to enhance Texas’ financial exploitation investigations of seniors

Jason Burnett, PhD. Photo credit: UTHealth

An elder abuse team at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is partnering with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, district attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and forensic accounting professionals to make it easier to identify and prosecute individuals who prey on senior citizens to exploit them financially.

The UTHealth Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment (TEAM) Institute is the academic coordinator leading the effort to enhance Texas Adult Protective Services’ (APS) financial exploitation investigations and client services. Other partners in the project include the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Harris County Senior Justice Assessment Center, and forensic accountants from Eide Bailly LLP.

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