We believe that it’s important to preserve the dignity and ensure the safety of Ohio’s older adults, who are often at-risk. However, help for seniors at risk of elder abuse or neglect is almost entirely determined by where you live, and due to a lack of state funding, many programs across Ohio cannot afford to hire full-time investigators or provide the services needed to help keep seniors safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Help Advocates for Ohio’s Future, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services send a strong, clear message supporting seniors’ safety. We need you to call your state Senators Tuesday, June 9, and tell them that you support $20 million per year for adult protective services (APS). This additional state funding would allow local APS agencies to improve services to Ohio’s seniors by enhancing efforts to ensure safety and provide help when needed.
1. Take Action Today!
Join the movement to keep Ohio’s seniors safe by taking a few minutes to contact the following Senators:
- Senator Keith Faber, President at (614) 466-7584 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Chris Widener, President Pro Tempore at (614) 466-3780 or email@example.com
If you have a few more minutes, help us reach more key Senators, by also contacting:
- Senator Tom Patton, Majority Floor Leader (614) 466-8056 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Larry Obhof, Majority Whip (614) 466-7505 or email@example.com
- Senator Scott Oelslager, Chair, Senate Finance Committee (614) 466-0626 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Bill Coley (614) 466-8072 or email@example.com
What to say when you call or email:
“Hello, my name is __________ from [your city / county] and I believe that Ohio’s seniors deserve to live in safety and with dignity, free from abuse, neglect or exploitation. Please invest in adult protective services by increasing the State Adult Protective Services Allocation to $20 million per year in the budget bill. A strong and responsive adult protective services system is important in the fight against elder abuse. The help seniors get should not determined by where they live.
We must take care of all Ohioans across the age continuum from children to seniors. Please also consider an additional investment of $20 million in child protection services to promote safety and permanency for Ohio’s children. Thank you.”
2. Log Your Call
Click here to log your call or email so we can track how many calls and emails Senators received in support of a funding increase for programs that help improve the safety of Ohio’s seniors. Logging your call also helps us share your advocacy work with the media, lawmakers and other supporters.