Nov 24, 2009

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2009
Contact: Merry O’Brien, Project Director
301-952-0063 or

Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. Announces New Elder Justice Community Coalition

Upper Marlboro, Maryland – The Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC) is pleased to announce a grant award to support the development of a new, local Elder Justice Community Coalition in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, and Calvert Counties. The multidisciplinary coalition will seek to improve elder abuse awareness and intervention efforts in the tri-county area. Interested organizations focusing on senior issues are invited to attend and can call Project Director Merry O’Brien at 301-952-0063 for more information.

In July, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) awarded funding to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) to support the development of local elder abuse prevention networks. The project provides on-site training and technical assistance to organizations developing new elder justice coalitions. The project is supported by a grant (No. 90AM3145) from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
An application was distributed by NCPEA in late July 2009 to all Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Grantees, as well as to community organizations around the country. Seventy proposals were evaluated by a review committee made up of NCPEA board members. MCVRC was one of 12 organizations selected to receive grants in the amount of $10,000 each as seed money to assist in developing new local multi-disciplinary elder justice networks.

In making the announcement, MCVRC Executive Director Russell P. Butler, stated, “Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center has proven leadership in providing comprehensive services to crime victims throughout Maryland. MCVRC is delighted to partner with the NCEA to bring awareness to elder abuse in our community.”

# # # # #