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Section 202: Supporting State and Local Prosecutors in Elder Justice Matters. Section 202 would authorize the Attorney General to award grants to eligible entities to provide training, technical assistance, policy development, and other types of support to state and local prosecutors dealing with elder justice-related cases. The bill also would authorize the creation of a Center for the Prosecution of Elder Abuse,

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Neglect, and Exploitation to further these objectives. Section 202 would authorize the appropriation of $6 million in 2006 and $8 million each year for the 2007-2009 period.

Section 203: Supporting Federal Cases Involving Elder Justice. Section 203 would require the Attorney General to hire additional prosecutors and enter into contracts with nurse-investigators and other professionals to help in cases involving elder justice issues. The Attorney General could also fund a resource group to assist prosecutors in pursuing cases of elder justice matters. Section 203 would authorize the appropriation of $3 million in 2006, $5 million each year for the 2007-2009 period.

Section 204: Supporting Law Enforcement in Elder Justice Matters. Section 204 would authorize the Attorney General to award grants to eligible entities to provide training, technical assistance, policy development, and other types of support to police, detectives, sheriffs, and other law enforcement personnel who handle elder justice-related cases. Section 204 would authorize the appropriation of $6 million in 2006 and $8 million each year for the 2007-2009 period.

Section 205: Establishment and Support of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Forensic Centers. Section 205 would authorize the Attorney General to award grants to eligible entities to establish and operate forensic centers and to develop forensic expertise and services for elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation cases. Four of the grants would be for stationary forensic centers; another six would be for mobile centers. Section 205 would authorize the appropriation of $4 million in 2006, $6 million in 2007, and $8 million for 2008 and 2009.

Section 206: Model State Laws and Practices. Section 206 would require the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of HHS, to conduct a study and prepare a report on the various state laws and practices concerning elder justice matters. The Attorney General would provide a comprehensive analysis of these laws and practices and report these findings along with recommendations for models of state laws to the appropriate committees of the Congress. Section 206 would authorize the appropriation of $2.5 million in 2006 and $3 million each year for the 2007-2009 period.

Direct Spending and Revenues

S. 333 would not affect direct spending, but potentially could affect revenues through the creation of several new civil penalties for violations relating to the evaluation of elder justice programs. Collections of such penalites are recorded as revenues and deposited in the Treasury; however, CBO expects that any increase in federal revenues resulting from those new penalties would be negligible.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND PRIVATE-SECTOR IMPACT

S. 333 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in UMRA. State, local, and tribal governments would be eligible for a number of grants authorized by the bill, including grants for employee training and certification, research efforts, caseworker support for victims of elder abuse, cvaluation programs, and forensic activities tied to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The costs of any requirements tied to these grants would be incurred voluntarily. The bill also would authorize grants to states for reporting data on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation to the federal government.

ESTIMATE PREPARED BY:

Federal Costs: Paul Cullinan

Impact on State, Local, and Tribal Governments: Leo Lex
Impact on the Private Sector: Meena Fernandes

ESTIMATE APPROVED BY:

Peter H. Fontaine

Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis

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