The Interdisciplinary Team (I-Team) was created to address issues concerning both cases and system issues within Jackson County’s elder abuse program. I-Team is a group of selected professionals from a variety of disciplines who meet regularly to discuss and provide consultation on specific cases of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The I-Team is motivated by the growing number of older adults in our county and recognition that elder abuse is a prevalent issue. Elder abuse is often a complex issue and so, having a team to collaborate and educate on this issue is essential. The hope is to build cooperation and awareness of the unique parts each agency plays in making our community a better place for everyone, including those who are a part of our most vulnerable populations.
The goal of the Elder Abuse Interdisciplinary Team (“I-Team”) is to improve each lead elder abuse agency’s response to victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation. I-Team uses the varied backgrounds, training and philosophies of the different professions to explore the best service plan for the cases involved. The goal of I-Team is to increase awareness of elder abuse in the community, build a better understanding for all agencies, identify service gaps and how we can work together to fill those gaps, and to decrease elder abuse issues by identifying, developing, and implementing appropriate services and strategies.