Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $2.1 million to the state Department of Human Resources to assist elderly and disabled adults who have been abused.
The grant will enable the department’s Adult Protective Services Division to provide several preventative options for victims who are suffering from abuse.
“No one should ever have to be the victim of abuse, and those who have unfortunately suffered from abuse need ready access to professional assistance,” Gov. Ivey said. “This grant will ensure assistance for those elderly and disabled adults who are victims of physical and mental abuse.”
The funds will help create safe surroundings for elderly and disabled adults either by providing in-home care and supervision to enable victims to remain in their homes after offenders have been removed or relocating the victims to nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Both measures are temporary until more permanent solutions are found.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Gov. Ivey is both compassionate and determined when it comes to preventing the exploitation and abuse of the elderly or disabled,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey and the Alabama Department of Resources to provide solutions to help these victims.”
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.