Interview with R. Breckman June 2012


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Listen here to learn about the NYCEAC’s programs, some of its successes and challenges, and examples of how the NYCEAC fosters powerful partnerships.

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Interview with R. Breckman June 2012

  1. 1. Elder Justice Visual Podcast Series Featured Guest Professionals Discussing Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Featured Podcast: The NYC Elder Abuse Center: The Power of Partnerships Cara Kenien, LMSW, MPA Social Media Manager, NYC Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC) Risa Breckman, LCSW Deputy Director, NYC Elder interviews Abuse Center; Director, Social Work Programs and Assistant Professor; Division of Geriatrics and Risa Breckman, LCSW, Gerontology, Weill Cornell Medical College Deputy Director, NYCEAC “NYCEAC isabout her experience building partnerships while creating improving the way professionals,and implementing the work of the NYC Elder Abuse Center. organizations and systems respond to elder abuse victims.” - Risa Breckman
  2. 2. What is the NYC Elder Abuse Center? A concept more than a place. A highly collaborative initiative of almost 30 NYC based government & nonprofit organizations & practitioners that came together to help make practitioners, organizations and systems more responsive to the needs of victims of elder abuse.
  3. 3. Creating Change Using a Collaborative Model Two stone cutters were asked what they were doing. The first said, “I’m cutting this stone into blocks.” The second replied, “I’m on a team that’s building a cathedral.”
  4. 4. NYC Elder Abuse Center ’s Core ProgramsCore programs include: - Multidisciplinary teams in Brooklyn and Manhattan with technical assistance to nascent teams in other locations - Educational programs - In the community, at conferences – taught by multidisciplinary faculty - A bi-monthly eNewsletter and other web-based educational opportunities - Strategic networking with key decision-makers to provide education about elder abuse and neglect.
  5. 5. Powerful Partnerships Defined Partnerships: a relationship between two or more people wanting to create something together. NYCEAC partners with the individuals and organizations comprising the Steering Committee and multidisciplinary teams.Above: Some members of Brooklyn MDT Effective communication is a must because partnershipsBelow: Some members of EACCRT like all relationships - are vulnerable to misunderstandings NYCEAC leadership: - Holds regular meetings with Steering Committee members - Meets with members to understand their perspectives - Mobilizes subcommittees - Develops core values - Provides clarity regarding the purpose of the partnerships - Facilitates effective action, which provides the power in partnerships
  6. 6. NYC Elder Abuse Center: Successes1. Effective partnerships: - We are now talking about an elder justice movement, not just an elder abuse field.2. Funding has been obtained: - Over 20 government and nonprofit organizations provide $500,000+ in in-kind contributions - Specific funding was obtained to start NYCEAC and hire a Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator.3. Two multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) were developed - Over 75 cases discussed - Over 200 case consultations provided4. 2012 evaluation of Brooklyn MDT reports on the success of this program. “The NYC Elder Abuse Center is moving full steam ahead!”
  7. 7. NYC Elder Abuse Center: Challenges Sustainability Working in partnerships- There is scant government funding is time intensive for elder justice programs at the city, state and federal levels. - B u t d e ve l o p i n g s t r o n g r e l a t i o n s h i p s t h r o u g h g o o d c o m m u ni c at i on i s wo r t h t h e t i m e b e c a u s e i t- NYCEAC relies on the generous strengthens the partnerships. support from private philanthropists and foundations focused on elder abuse, of which there are few.
  8. 8. Each year in NYC, over 100,000community residing older adults are victimized. Only 1 in 24 receive help. Be part of the solution.Together we can prevent abuse . For further information, visit our website at
  9. 9. Thank you to the following foundations for generously supporting the NYC Elder Abuse Center: - The Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation - FJC, A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds - Bernard F. & Alva B. Gimbel Foundation - Jarvie Commonweal Service - The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation - The Laura B. Vogler Foundation
  10. 10. Thank you to our Steering Committee Members:- Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter – Matt Khudish- Bronx County District Attorney’s Office – Ellen Kolodney- Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity - Jean Callahan- The Carter Burden Center for the Aging – Ken Onaitis- The Council for Senior Centers and Services – Bobbie Sackman- CONNECT – Sally MacNichol- Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service - Pat Brownell- Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of NY - Kim Williams- The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Intervention and Research in Elder Abuse - Joy Solomon- Heights and Hills - Judy Willig- The Indochina Sino-American Community Center - Peter Cheng- JASA - Robin Roberts (NYCEAC staff) and Donna Dougherty- Kings County District Attorney’s Office - Arlene Markarian and Peg Horan- Neighborhood SHOPP - Evelyn Laureano- New York County District Attorney’s Office - Liz Loewy- New York-Presbyterian Hospital - Ron Adelman and Ronnie LoFaso- NYC Department for the Aging - Aurora Salamone- NYC Housing Authority - Modestine Rogers- NYC Human Resources Administration Adult Protective Services - Lin Saberski- New York Legal Assistance Group - Randal Jeffrey- Queens County District Attorney’s Office – Marjorie Fisher- UJA-Federation of New York – Anita Altman- United Federation of Teachers - Sasha Greene- The Valdimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation – Diana Buckhantz- Weill Cornell Medical College’s Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology - Risa Breckman and Mark Lachs (NYCEAC staff to the Steering Committee)
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