VOYCE is working to make Missouri safer for older and vulnerable adults!

Working in partnership with citizens, state and local departments, churches, not for profits corporations, and others, our goal is to ensure a system that responds to the abuses our older and vulnerable citizens face. VOYCE is convening in-person and virtual sessions to identify the obstacles that may prevent achieving the best outcomes for our citizens. Funded by a grant for the Missouri Foundation for Health, we will work together to identify obstacles and propose solutions, develop potential policy and legislative changes and create a strategic vision and plan that will continue to support our citizens.

Summit to Protect Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

This summit is a conversation with the community, professionals, older adults, and others to learn what needs to be fixed in the adult protection system.

Upcoming Summit Conversations

Summit #4 – June 18, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This fourth summit continues the conversation on how to improve the response of the system to older adults and adults with disabilities impacted by abuse. We will share information from prior summits and a draft strategic plan based on summit participants’ top issues and recommendations. Attendance at prior summits is not required to join this one.

Road Map To Enhancing Missouri's response to adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  

Discovery and Mapping.
-Learn from Stakeholders about current projects and initiatives. 
- Identify best practices in state and national reviews
-Expand MAANIS Map to include long-term care settings
-11 Survivor Interviews
-Stakeholder Summit 1: July 13 2023, Identify Key Issues
-Stakeholder Summit 2: October 10, 2023, establish state priority areas

-Stakeholder Summit 3, February 29, 2024, Brainstorm strategies to address key issues
-Stakeholder Summit 4- Summer 2024- Revie Draft of Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan Goal: Improve response to abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities through the implementation of a strategic plan created by the collaborative efforts of our stakeholders. 

Facilitated by VOYCE
Funded by Missouri Foundation for Health
12 partners representing state agencies, academia, aging and disability organizations, and independent consultants engaged in a monthly project advisory group including:
MODDC (Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council)
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
St. Louis City Senior Fund
UMKC Institute for Human Development

88 stakeholders from various sectors gathered at the first 2 of 4 summits to collaboratively identify key issues and needs for older adults and adults with disabilities who have experience abuse.  Housing, self advocates, law enforcement, mental health professionals, community organizations, victim services, aging and disability agencies, and healthcare

9 Priority areas were determined based on survivor interviews, data review, best practices, and stakeholder input. They are data, legislation, public awareness, service and resource needs, coordinated reporting and response system, survivor experience, prevention, workforce recruitment and development, and stakeholder engagement.

Past Summit Conversations

Summit #1 – July 13, 2023

Summit #2 – October 10, 2023

Summit #3 – February 29, 2024

Survey for Those Personally Impacted By Elder Abuse

VOYCE, with our partner, UMKC, is interviewing people about their experience reporting abuse. With funding granted by the Missouri Foundation for Health, we are looking to you to provide information about your experiences with the system  (social services, advocates, law enforcement, healthcare, etc.) that will help us reshape the current approach to one that is more responsive to the needs of its users.

The trauma-informed interview is conducted by trained social workers that will ask questions about your experience with the various organizations you encountered following your report. We will not ask questions about the abuse you experienced. We will only ask about what happened during your interactions with the organizations in the system and your thoughts on those interactions.  

We are seeking those aged 60 or older who have experienced financial, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse and/or neglect. There will be a $100 gift card for participants as well as 3 free counseling sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in participating or for more information. Share this info with others as well.  

More Resources

To report abuse, neglect, or exploitation involving an older adult or adult with a disability, call the Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-800-392-0210