Greater Augusta Coalition Against Adult Abuse
Report Adult Abuse: 1-888-83-ADULT
Support Groups

Alzheimer’s Support Group
540-949-4151 or 540-885-9500

Cancer Patients’ Support Group

Caregivers’ Club “Lean On Me”
Support Group 540-245-7105

Heart to Heart Grief Support Group -
Lutheran Family Services of VA

Stroke Club Support Group
Shenandoah Valley Adult Protective Services
Transportation Agencies

CATS (Coordinated Area Transportation
Services) 540-943-9302

Logisticare Transportation for Medicaid
patients 866-679-6330

Augusta Health Transportation

Priority Transport  888-774-2621

B2B Transportation 540-941-8686

Shenandoah Shuttle (Waynesboro)

TED (Transportation for the Elderly and
Disabled) - 540-949-7141
For more information, contact Anne See at 1(800) 237-0141 or
ABOUT GACAAA                           
The Greater Augusta Coalition Against
Adult Abuse (GACAAA) was formed on
November 1, 2010 when Blue Ridge
Legal Services received a 10 month
mini-grant from the Administration on

The mission of GACAAA is
to promote
safe communities free from abuse,
neglect, and exploitation by identifying
and utilizing coalition resources
through partnerships, community
action, education, and advocacy and to
address circumstances that make
adults vulnerable
. By educating the
community to recognize and report
adult abuse, neglect and financial
exploitation, we envision a community
where vulnerable adults are valued and
treated with respect, honor and dignity
and have safe, secure lives free from

The Coalition sponsors educational
events for the public and professionals
on Adult Abuse and has a table display
and materials available for health fairs,
seminars, and other community events.  
We hope that our proactive steps will
help prevent further acts of
exploitation and abuse of vulnerable
adults in the community.
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A few years ago, Anne S. See and other staff
members at Blue Ridge Legal Services
observed increasing numbers of cases involving
financial exploitation and other types of abuse
perpetrated upon vulnerable adults. Many, she
noticed, were older, and some had disabilities.

So, See and other staff members decided to
take action. They applied for funding from the
Administration on Aging, part of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
They received a $10,000 grant, and in January
2011 the Greater Augusta Coalition Against
Adult Abuse began its work.

Now, See co-chairs the coalition, along with Cpl.
Derek Almarode of the Augusta County Sheriff’s
Office. The group has helped to coordinate
training and information sessions for law
enforcement officials, social workers and others
who work with vulnerable, often older, adults.

The coalition’s work continues Thursday with a
guest presentation by Christine Kieffer, senior
director of the FINRA Investor Education
Foundation, at 3 p.m. at the Valley Licensing
Office, 57 Beam Ave., Fishersville. People
interested in attending can call (800) 237-0141
or 433-1830.

The presentation will dig into ways to help
people combat financial crimes against
vulnerable adults.

“We want to make sure we have tools for
advocates who may have encountered people
in a crisis situation,” Kieffer said.

See, who works as a public benefits and elder
law paralegal with Blue Ridge Legal Services,
with offices in Harrisonburg, suggested that
money is often entangled in the abuse she
sees. “Financial exploitation, in particular, we’re
seeing a lot of,” she said. She cited figures from
Virginia’s Adult Protective Service division
indicating 20,704 reports of abuse, neglect or
financial exploitation in Virginia in 2013. She
said more than half of those reports were

Of the substantiated reports, See said, 74
percent of the victims were 60 years old or older.

See said a key goal of the coalition has been to
create awareness among all residents, and she
also noted free training sessions for law
enforcement and other officials who investigate
and prosecute crimes involving vulnerable
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Thank you to all who
helped make our most
recent training event a
huge success
Check here later for information
about obtaining videos of the
Keynote Address: The Brooke Astor Trial: A
Sordid Case of Elder Financial Abuse
Presented by Elizabeth Loewy
Assistant Deputy Attorney with the NY
County DA's Elder Abuse Unit
90 minute interactive discussion:
Assessing Decision-Making Capacity in
Featuring Dr. Gary Oberlender, a
Geriatrician and President of
"Overview of the Virginia Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit Elder Abuse and Neglect Section"
GACAAA extends its appreciation to Howard
Hicks, Investigative Supervisor, and Dan
Thaw, Criminal Investigator, Office of the
Attorney General,
Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit, Elder Abuse and Neglect Section for
their informative presentation on the
responsibilities of their section and the types
of cases they have authority to handle.

If you were unable to attend the
presentation, you can learn more about their
efforts on the
Virginia Attorney General’s
Website and the Attorney General’s Elder
Abuse and Neglect Section Facebook page.
Town Hall Meeting on Commonwealth
Coordinated Care
Tuesday, November 25th, Harrisonburg
here for details