Thursday, June 15, 2023

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said his office is observing Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is today (Thursday, June 15).

“We are asking all citizens to take a moment to learn about the resources available to combat this growing concern of elder abuse,” said Attorney General Jackley. “There are three units within the South Dakota Attorney General’s office whose mission is to help prevent Elder Abuse in our state.”

The three Attorney General units are:

*** The Consumer Protection Division which handles Deceptive Trade Practice violations including scams, credit card issues, door-to-door sales, travel, identity theft and other issues. If you suspect a scam or fraud, contact Consumer Protection by email at consumerhelp@state.sd.us or call 1-800-300-1986 or 605-773-4400.

*** The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes Medicaid provider fraud as well as abuse or neglect of residents in health care facilities including nursing homes. If you suspect provider fraud or abuse or neglect of a resident in a health care facility, contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-497-3100.

*** The Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit 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 or be an adult with a disability The Elder Abuse Unit received 892 referrals in 2022 alone. If you suspect elder abuse, contact your local law enforcement or the Department of Human Services at dakotaathome.org or by calling 1-833-663-9673.

“With the public’s help, we can investigate and hold those accountable who are trying to harm our older population,” said Attorney General Jackley.

More information on these programs can found at the South Dakota Attorney General website at https://atg.sd.gov.