“Protecting Vulnerable Adults from Potentially Abusive Workers: An Issue Paper” is the result of a series of meetings convened by IMPH under the guidance of the Long-Term Care Implementation Leadership Council to identify the challenges and possible solutions to develop an Adult Abuse Registry, recommendation 14 from the Long-Term Care Taskforce report, “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.”
Included as Appendices are official responses from:
- The South Carolina Department of Social Services, Office of Adult Protectives Services
- Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging (now known as the Department on Aging)
- South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) established the Long-Term Care (LTC) Taskforce in 2014. The Taskforce included 65 service providers, researchers, advocates and agency representatives from across the state. Members explored a range of issues facing our statewide LTC system and worked to develop actionable recommendations to address some of the most critical needs. In June 2015, IMPH released “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina,” a report that highlighted the urgency of addressing growing demands on family caregivers, public and private service providers and government agencies. The Taskforce’s 30 recommendations are presented in the report, grouped into six crucial areas for improvement: promoting system efficiency and coordination; strengthening the full spectrum of long-term services and supports; ensuring an adequate and trained workforce; protecting vulnerable adults; supporting family caregivers; and promoting choice and independence through education.
To build on the momentum of the Taskforce’s work, the capstone recommendation listed in Creating Direction is to establish a formal Implementation Leadership Council of key stakeholders. The Council’s primary responsibilities are to:
- Prioritize recommendations of the Taskforce;
- Keep continued focused attention on recommendations;
- Minimize or eliminate barriers to implementation;
- Connect and mobilize the many stakeholders across public agencies, family caregivers and LTC service providers throughout South Carolina and
- Promote and track progress toward implementation.