Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Anthony Bibus Ph.D

Second Advisor

Sharon Patten Ph.D

Third Advisor

Iris Freeman MSW


Maltreatment of vulnerable adults is increasing at an alarming rate in the decade since the Minnesota Vulnerable Adult Act was passed in 1980. National estimates of elder maltreatment have risen by 50% in the last decade. Educated estimates of maltreatment are as high as 1.5 million incidents in the United States per year. The Minnesota legislature mandated in 1994 that the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services convene an advisory committee to make recommendations to the legislature on the means of preventing maltreatment of vulnerable adults. This thesis looks at the policy implications of the 1995 Minnesota Vulnerable Adult Reforms. The immediate impacts of this public policy initiative will have more to do with the administration of the new reporting procedure than adding additional funding in the area of prevention and support services for the people experiencing abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Some of the changes that will need to be included in future legislation are more funding and research into cross disciplinary training of adult protection workers and social service professionals in the field of family and domestic violence that includes older adults.


SC 11.MSW.1998.Buckley.TL

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