Friday, August 15, 2014

August 25 Program: Current Trends in Elder Abuse—Making Your Advocacy Count

Find out how to make your own advocacy more effective


Monday, August 25, 2014

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church

Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.

Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.



11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various  pizza, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 donation


11:50 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President


12:00 Program:  “Current Trends in Elder Abuse—Making Your Advocacy Count

Guest Speaker: Scott Spallina, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Elder Abuse Justice Unit, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, City and County of Honolulu. We’ll get current background on elder abuse in Hawaii and move towards a discussion of how to combat abuse through better advocacy.

Scott Spallina is the Supervisor of the Elder Abuse Justice Unit at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu. Scott established the Elder Abuse Justice Unit in 2008, at the direction of the then Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle. The goal of the unit was and still is to “enhance awareness, prevention, and prosecution of crimes affecting the elderly” in Hawaii. The current Prosecuting Attorney, Keith Kaneshiro remains committed to fighting elder abuse and improving the quality of life for all seniors in the State of Hawaii. He has expanded the unit to three additional attorneys, two staff members and three law clerks. During his 19-year career with the Prosecutor's Office, Scott also headed the Domestic Violence Branch.


12:30 Questions and Answers

1:00   Adjourn 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mental Health America Hawaii releases its Human Services Directory

by Larry Geller

The timing is painful: we’ve just lost Robin Williams to an apparent suicide. Could he have been helped?

This morning a mass email announced the publication of Mental Health America’s updated Finding Help Human Services Directory. It’s a list of phone numbers for a variety of services, not limited to mental health. For example, they also list senior services. It’s not posted on their web page yet, apparently, so get your copy from the link above. A valuable contribution.

MHA-Hawaii also accepts donations here.

I hope this could turn into a phone app one day, so that smartphone users could just press a button to find out where to find or get help. It would be relatively simple to do, given the tools available these days for writing simple apps.