The Attorney General's Office coordinates TASA, an advisory board comprised of leadership from the public and private sector that works to enhance the safety and welfare of Arizona senior citizens. It was formed to advise the Attorney General and members in matters related to abuse and exploitation that concern the State’s senior citizens, and encourage community alliances to combat these issues.
- Establish a direct line of communication to the Attorney General's Office.
- Provide communication and coordination among statewide groups.
- Identify cases within the Attorney General’s prosecutorial authority.
- Raise awareness to prevent and report senior abuse and exploitation.
TASA member agencies have worked to bring about legislation to protect seniors and consumers that include:
- A.R.S. § 36-3295 - allows healthcare providers and first responders to access advance directives and other vital healthcare information through an existing registry established by the Secretary of State, during an emergency. The legislation represented a groundbreaking critical step toward respecting the end-of-life care wishes of senior citizens in Arizona.
- A.R.S. § 36-144 - requires home care service providers to provide annual disclosures to a consumer and their designated family representative(s).
- A.R.S. §44-1271 et seq. – added provisions to Arizona's Telephone Solicitation Statute that require sellers of business opportunities to provide potential customers with disclosure documents BEFORE any monies can be accepted from the consumer. This law helps to protect people from being defrauded by business opportunity scams and applies no matter what method the seller uses to solicit the purchase; telephone, internet, mail, or door-to-door sales.
Advocacy and work is focused in the areas of Financial Exploitation, Health and Safety and Public Awareness. Current projects supported by the membership include:
- The BankSafe Initiative, an AARP funded project led by the Area Agency on Aging Region One that will provide comprehensive online training for banking staff to detect and respond to financial exploitation of senior customers.
- The Vulnerable Adult Protocol, a multi-disciplinary protocol under development by the Maricopa Association of Governments, to guide professionals who have contact with elderly or incapacitated adult victims of crime. The protocol will provide consistent guidelines for interagency cooperation in the investigation, prosecution and management of adult abuse and exploitation cases.
- Life Care Planning advocacy and awareness efforts to promote the use of Advance Directives to ensure a senior’s end-of-life wishes are known and honored.
- Junior High School Arts Competition in conjunction with the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 to create awareness among Arizona youth on the tragedy of elder abuse.
|AARP||AZ Dept. of Health Services||Phoenix Fire Dept.|
|AHCCCS||AZ Governor's Council on Aging||Phoenix Police Dept.|
|Administration of Resources & Choices||AZ Health Care Assn.||Pima Council on Aging|
|Area Agency on Aging||AZ Registrar of Contractors||RightCare Foundation|
|AZ Assisted Living Federation of America||Better Business Bureau||US Dept. of Justice, FBI|
|AZ Assn. for Homecare
AZ Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
|Home Care Assn. of America - AZ Chapter||US Dept. of Justice, US Attorney's Office|
|AZ Corporation Commission, Securities Division||Maricopa Assn. of Governments||Veterans Administration OIG|
|AZ Dept. of Economic Security, Div. of Aging & Adult Services||Northern AZ Council of Governments|
|AZ Dept. of Economic Security, Adult Protective Services & Registry||Northern AZ Seniors in Action Coalition|