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Similar To 2014 Law, Fla. Lawmakers Look To Create Teams To Review Elder Abuse Deaths

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In response to a spate of child abuse deaths in Florida, state lawmakers in 2014 created teams to investigate the root causes of these deaths and report them to Florida’s child welfare agency. Now, a similar effort is underway for the state’s elderly population.

Sen. Audrey Gibson’s (D-Jacksonville) bill creates the “Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams.” These teams will review closed files of elder abuse cases, and will be established in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits.

“And, if we find that maybe there are some recommendations to save even one senior, as a result of these task forces throughout the state, then we have done the job that we were sent here to do,” she said. “And, making recommendations to the governor, the Senate President, and the Speaker of the House when there has been a death of an elder because of abuse is something that we should do.”

The measure passed its first of three Senate committees Monday. Its House companion has not yet had a hearing.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.