Elders and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Unit

Hampden District Attorney
The Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit of the Hampden District Attorney’s Office is designed to:

  • Increase communication with persons responsible for the protection, treatment and continuity of care of elders and persons with disabilities;
  • Increase awareness of crimes being committed against elders and persons with disabilities;
  • Increase communication and cooperation between law enforcement and agencies providing services to elders and persons with disabilities; and
  • Ensure that crimes committed against elders and persons with disabilities are promptly reported, investigated by trained law enforcement personnel and prosecuted by experienced assistant district attorneys.
  • The District Attorney’s office is dedicated to working with the elderly and persons with disabilities, their families, and social service agencies in order to develop prevention strategies and effectively prosecute crimes committed against the more vulnerable members of society.

Education Against Senior Exploitation (EASE)

EASE addresses the senior population of Hampden County regarding scams, financial exploitation and physical abuse. Along with a representative from the Greater Springfield Senior Services, an Assistant District Attorney who specializes in elder abuse speaks to groups at elder communities, assisted living facilities and councils on aging about protecting themselves against abuse and scams. These experts on elder issues provide tips and advice to help elders avoid becoming victims. Any group interested in the EASE Program can call the Hampden District Attorney’s Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit at 413-505-5671.

Elder Abuse Hotline 1-800-922-2275

Operating 7 days a week 24 hours a day

Resources

Executive Office of Elder Affairs
MA Department of Mental Health
MA Department of Developmental Services
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Department of Mental Health
Western Massachusetts Area
Northampton State Hospital
P.O. Box 389
Northampton, MA 01061
(413) 587-6425

Disabled Persons Protection Commission  (DPPC)
300 Granite Street, Suite 404
Braintree, MA 02184
(617) 727-6465
DPPC Hotline  1-800-426-9009 or 888-822-0350 TTY

Department of Developmental Services Monson Development Center
171 State Street
Palmer, MA 01069
(413) 284-1592

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Protective Services Department
21 Spring Street, 2nd Floor
Taunton, MA 02780
(617) 204-3662 or (508) 823-2874

Greater Springfield Senior Services
66 Industry Avenue, Suite 9
Springfield, MA 01104-3243
(413) 781-8800

Highland Valley Elder Services, Inc.
320 Riverside Drive Suite B
Florence, MA 01062
(413) 586-2000

Elder Abuse Hotline
1-800-922-2275

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