The Michigan Elder Justice Coordinating Council

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“Coordination and collaboration are critical for improved service delivery.” – State of Michigan Plan on Aging, 2014-2016

In the period from 2007 to 2014 two Governors, a Governor’s Task Force, and a diverse group of professionals and seniors recognized the need to create an entity that would serve as a voice for elder abuse victims in Michigan. In 2015 and 2016 a group of seniors, professionals, and state officials worked to develop the Michigan Elder Justice Coordinating Council (MEJCC) to meet this need.

On October 1, 2016, the MEJCC became an entity located at Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. MEJCC’s role focuses on domains such as elder abuse research, education, training, advocacy, and communication. The MEJCC works with community partners from across Michigan to complete its mission of serving as a voice for elder abuse victims.

Our Mission

The MEJCC shall establish and provide leadership to achieve a vision for the state of comprehensive, coordinated, innovative, and effective response to all forms of elder abuse. It shall support a variety of activities to promote elder justice including research, direct services, education and advocacy, and coordination efforts.

Our Founding

The Michigan Elder Justice Coordinating Council was made possible by funding from the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency to develop and implement an ongoing state-level presence/oversight stakeholder body for elder abuse efforts. The following people and agencies assisted in the development of this program and recommendations.

2016 MEJCC DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Dawn Jacobs – Aging and Adult Services Agency Phil Hart – Saginaw County Sheriff Department
Ryan Painter, Esq. – Prosecuting Attorney Association Of Michigan Jackie MacKinnon, Esq. (Retired) –  Michigan Supreme Court
Dr. Tom Jankowski, Ph.D. – Wayne State University Nancy Kropiewnicki – Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
Dakima Jackson – The Senior Alliance Kelly Winn – Disability Network Oakland & Macomb
Ron Tatro – Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. Rachel Richards – Adult Protective Services

2015 ELDER JUSTICE TASK FORCE MEMBERS

Dawne Velianoff – Aging and Adult Services Agency Dawn Jacobs – Aging and Adult Services Agency
April Crumby – Lakeshore Legal Services Diane Shovely – Comerica Bank
Alison Hirschel, Esq. – Michigan Elder Justice Initiative Jackie MacKinnon, Esq. (Retired) – Michigan Supreme Court
Dr. Carolyn Pickering, Ph.D. – MSU – School of Nursing Jennifer Fopma – SAFE Place
Lt. Cherie Ballor – Lansing Police Department Katy Graham, Esq. – Elder Law and Advocacy Center
Cynthia Farrell – Adult Protective Services Laurie Parker – Capital Area Center for Independent Living
Lynne McCollum – Consumers Energy Mark Pierce – Capital Area Center for Independent Living
Laura Sutter – Area Agency on Aging – Region 3C Detective Michelle Bryant – Lansing Police Department
Rod Hassinger, Esq. – Hillsdale County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney Phil Hart – Saginaw County Sheriff Department
Dr. Tom Jankowski, Ph.D. – WSU – Institute of Gerontology Tom Wenzel, Esq. (Retired) – Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office
Hollis Turnham, Esq. – Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute Joe Evans – Senior Community Member
Ryan Painter, Esq. – Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Jill Moulton – Tri-County Office on Aging
Ron Tatro – Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. Rachel Richards – Adult Protective Services