Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Vermont Attorney General's Elder Protection Initiative

The Mission of the Elder Protection Initiative (EPI) is to promote the safety and security of older Vermonters. The EPI consists of staff from the Attorney General Office’s Criminal, Public Protection & Human Services Divisions. The EPI collaborates with stakeholder agencies and organizations to accomplish shared goals.


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Registered Nurse Charged with Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult & Obtaining a Regulated Drug by Deceit

CONTACT:  Elizabeth L. Anderson, Director, Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit, (802) 828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that Dermot Hanna, 59, of Rutland, Vermont, was arraigned on September 30, 2019, on two counts of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult and two counts of Obtaining a Regulated Drug by Deceit in Vermont Criminal Court,

October 1, 2019

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EPI in the News: Scams & Other Financial Exploitation

This month, the EPI spoke with the Rutland Herald about scams and other forms of financial exploitation impacting older Vermonters. It shared data on these subjects from the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program. To read the article, click here or visit:

May 14, 2019

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The Attorney General’s Efforts to Address the Opioids Crisis Can Benefit Older Vermonters

Nationally, older individuals are uniquely impacted by the opiate crisis. They are housing, taking care of, and helping to financially support opiate-addicted adult children. They are helping raise grandchildren whose parents are struggling with addiction. Some are victims of drug diversion. Some are victims of financial exploitation by opiate-addicted

March 26, 2019

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Attorney General Donovan Urges Congress to Take Action Against Robocalls

Contact: Christopher Curtis, Chief Public Protection Division, 802-828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan urged the U.S. Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, legislation to curb illegal robocalls and spoofing. A coalition of 54 attorneys general sent a letter to the U. S. Senate Committee on

March 6, 2019

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“Respect and Protect Our Elders” – Op/Ed By Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan

Just as young parents rightly prioritize the health and well-being of our children, at mid-life we also begin thinking more about the health and well-being of our own parents. By 2030, Vermont will be one of the oldest states – if not the oldest state – in the country.   Forty percent of Vermonters will be …

February 1, 2019

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Attorney General’s Office Warns of Increased Hypothermia Risk for Vulnerable Vermonters; Heating Assistance Available

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 With extreme cold hitting Vermont, Attorney General T.J. Donovan is warning that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to hypothermia. Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in core body temperature. It caused 16 deaths in Vermont last year. The Attorney General’s

January 31, 2019

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State Prevails in Receivership for Pillsbury Senior Communities

Contact: Clayton Clark, Director of the Division of Licensing and Protection Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, 802-241-0345   A Vermont court has ruled that a “receiver” is needed to run the Pillsbury residential care homes in South Burlington and St. Albans. On Friday, January 25th, the court ruled that the current

January 28, 2019

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Top Scams of 2018 Released by Attorney General’s Office

Contract: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 Vermonters filed 5,471 scam reports with the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) in 2018 according to the Attorney General’s list of top 10 most commonly reported scams of the year. This amounts to a 4.55% increase in scams from 2017. As new scams emerged, old scams …

January 7, 2019

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Attorney General, Secretary of State Announce Public Meetings on Proposals to Regulate Home Improvement Contractors

CONTACT:    Chris Curtis, Chief, Public Protection Division, 802-828-3171 The Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of State’s Office announced a series of joint public meetings to hear feedback and ideas from the public on the home improvement industry. In January 2018, the Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation produced a

November 20, 2018

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State Negotiates to Include Harborview in Temporary Receivership

Contact: Clayton Clark, Director of the Division of Licensing and Protection Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living 802-241-0345 MONTPELIER, Vt.– The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), on behalf of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), has entered into a stipulation that will allow temporary

November 14, 2018

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Receiver Appointed to Manage Pillsbury Group Residential Care Homes

Contact: Clayton Clark, Director of the Division of Licensing and Protection Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living 802-241-0345 MONTPELIER, Vt., Nov. 9, 2018 – Washington County Superior Court has assigned a temporary receiver to take over management of three Vermont residential care homes. The temporary receiver was put in place after

November 9, 2018

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AG Donovan Joins Effort to Curb Illegal Robocalls

This week, Attorney General TJ Donovan called on the Federal Communications Commission to allow telephone service providers to block illegal “robocalls” that are made to unsuspecting consumers. A “robocall” is an automated phone call that delivers a recorded message. Scammers have been known to use robocalls to target older individuals. “Illegal

October 12, 2018

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AGO Reports on Work of Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Team

Every year, vulnerable adults suffer from untimely deaths. How do these deaths happen? What kinds of interventions might have prevented them? How can we do better? In 2016, Vermont’s legislature established a “Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Team” within the Office of the Attorney General to bring together public and private sectors to address these

September 26, 2018

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AG Donovan Launches Elder Protection Initiative

Contact: Jamie Renner, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5947 New Effort Follows Statewide Listening Tour Attorney General T.J. Donovan has announced the launch of a permanent unit within his office known as the “Elder Protection Initiative.” This unit will focus on supporting and protecting Vermont’s aging population. The unit is the result of a

June 15, 2018

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A message from Attorney General T.J. Donovan

It’s my job, and my office’s job, to help keep older Vermonters safe and secure. We do that every day in our criminal division by prosecuting physical abuse and financial exploitation. We do that job in our consumer protection division by advocating for older consumers and educating the public on frauds and scams. And we …

June 15, 2018

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