What is the CASE Partnership?
CASE - Communities Against Senior Exploitation - is a unique and successful elder fraud prevention program that partners prosecutors and law enforcement agencies with the faith community and other community-based organizations. Through education and prevention, CASE works to empower older adults, their families and caregivers, as well as clergy and community leaders to prevent fraud and financial exploitation.
Why would a prosecutor and law enforcement agency want faith community partners?
Faith communities are successful partners because a significant number of older adults are active participants and receive much of their information and social support from their church, synagogue or temple. Older adults also have a high level of trust and respect for clerical authority. By providing ongoing programs in this environment, CASE uses the trust and compassion associated with faith communities to effectively educate and empower, protect and assist older adults.
Why Replicate CASE?
Due to the success of the Denver model, CASE has been replicated in three district attorney jurisdictions in Colorado. Although CASE was established and first implemented in urban areas, the model can be successful in rural communities as well. The Case Replication Toolkit provides special training considerations for both rural and urban communities.
No matter your agency size or budget, your community will realize many benefits from the
CASE program including:
• Expanded fraud prevention and education outreach to older adults and their families, as well as ethnic minority, immigrant and refugee populations;
• Enhanced capacity for an effective communication network that will distribute fraud prevention tips and special alerts to warn community members about fast-moving scams;
• Enhanced relationships between prosecutor's offices, law enforcement agencies and faith communities;
• Increased incidence of elder fraud detection and reporting;