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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. - The Office of the South Dakota Attorney General is taking part in the observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, today, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed to provide an opportunity for communities across our state and around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the processes which affect elder abuse and neglect.

The Office of the Attorney General maintains three distinct units that work to prevent elder abuse in South Dakota.

The Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit which coordinates with local law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation. All victims must be over the age of 65. The Elder Abuse Unit received 583 referrals in 2020 alone.

If you suspect elder abuse, contact your local law enforcement; the Department of Human Services at www.dakotaathome.org or you can call the Attorney General’s office at (605) 773-3215.

The Consumer Protection Division which addresses consumer issues ranging from a wide variety of categories including, but not limited to, sweepstakes scams, credit card issues, door-to-door sales, identity theft issues, and more. If you suspect a scam or fraud, contact Consumer Protection by email at consumerhelp@state.sd.us or phone at 1-800-300-1986. You can also find an extensive array of information on our website at consumer.sd.gov

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit which handles investigations involving Medicaid and allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation involving healthcare providers. If you suspect an issue with a healthcare provider or Medicaid, contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by email at ATGMedicaidFraudHelp@state.sd.us or by calling 1-888-497-3100. You can also find more resources on their webpage at www.atg.sd.gov/OurOffice/Departments/MFCU

These three units are hard at work every day to help prevent Elder Abuse in South Dakota. With your help, we can investigate and hold those accountable who are trying to harm our older population.