November 7, 2020
The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Boulder County Elder Justice Coalition a $397,000 federal grant to train criminal justice professionals and organizations serving older adults and survivors of abuse.
The coalition said in a news release that the grant will help pay the expenses of educating and training of local law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and professionals working with older adults and survivors of abuse. which it said has become a bigger focus for local law enforcement, criminal justice systems, and service providers.
Mandatory reporting of elder abuse became law in Colorado in 2014, making the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people age 70 and over carry increased criminal penalties. In 2016, the law was expanded to include adults with intellectual and developmental delays.