Task Force Against Senior Abuse (TASA)
The Attorney General's Office coordinates TASA, and its advisory board comprised of leadership from the public and private sector that work to support Arizona seniors. It was formed to:
- Advise Attorney General Brnovich and members of TASA in matters concerning the senior citizens of Arizona, including identifying statewide abuse issues and establishing goals for TASA to combat the issues.
- Encourage a united voice through the formation of partnerships and alliances in communities around the state to identify the needs and concerns of our senior citizens, and to enhance their safety.
- Establish a direct line of communication to contact the Attorney General's Office.
- Identify and open cases within the prosecutorial authority of the Attorney General's Office.
- Raise awareness within the community to prevent and report senior abuse and exploitation.
- Provide communication and coordination among statewide groups.
TASA member agencies brought about legislation (A.R.S. § 36-144) effective on July 15, 2015 that requires entities providing home care services to provide annual disclosures to consumers and their designated family representative(s).
TASA members also advocated for new provisions of Arizona's Telephone Solicitation Statute (A.R.S. §44-1271 et seq.) which protects consumers from being defrauded by business opportunity scams by requiring that sellers provide potential customers with disclosure documents BEFORE any monies can be accepted from the consumer. This law applies no matter what method the seller uses to solicit the purchases; telephone, internet, mail, or door-to-door sales.
A multi-disciplinary protocol (checklist) is being developed to guide professionals who have contact with older adults or incapacitated adult victims of crime. It is intended to provide consistent guidelines and be a reference source for interagency cooperation in the investigation, prosecution and management of adult abuse and exploitation cases. The tool is expected to roll out for use in 2016.