The Dependent Adult Abuse program provides evaluations and assessments of alleged abused dependent adults. The program attempts to provide services and makes referrals to assist abused dependent adults acquire safe living arrangements. Reports of suspected abuse of dependent adults (or of children) can be made to your local DHS office or to the toll-free hot line:
800 362 2178 (24/7)
Catherine Stack, Program Manager
Hoover Bldg., 1305 E Walnut St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0114
515 281 5392
List of county DHS offices: http://dhs.iowa.gov/dhs_office_locator
Children & Families of Iowa operates the Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline, a toll-free service for victims, loved ones and community members. Certified Domestic Violence Advocates are here 24 hours a day to provide crisis support, help victims find safe solutions across the state, answer questions, and provide resource referrals.
515 288 1981
Domestic Violence Hotline: 800 942 0333
The mission of the Iowa Department on Aging is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of long term living and community support services that help individuals maintain health and independence in their homes and communities. The Department’s vision is to work closely with Iowa’s six Area Agencies on Aging and other partners to design a system of information, education and long-term services and supports that results in Iowa being considered the best state for older adults to live in and retire.
510 E 12th Street, Suite 2
Des Moines, IA 50319-9025
515 725 3333
Toll-free: 800 532 3213
TTY: 515 725 3333
Under the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging has designated six Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to provide information and referrals to older adults, adults with disabilities, veterans and their caregivers, and coordinate a wide range of long-term living and community support services, such as case management, congregate and home-delivered meals, employment services, family caregiver services, options counseling, respite care and transportation services. Maps, information, and online and printable lists of all the individual agencies are available from the website.
In Iowa, the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (OSLTCO) is authorized by the federal Older Americans Act and the state Older Iowans Act. Operating as an independent entity within the Iowa Department on Aging, its mission is to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of individuals residing in long-term care facilities by investigating complaints, seeking resolutions to problems and providing advocacy with the goal of enhancing quality of life and care.
Toll-free: 866 236 1430
Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is part of a nationwide, grassroots education and assistance program working to empower seniors and caregivers to protect personal information and Medicare benefits by learning to detect mistakes or potential fraud in Medicare payments. You can report suspected problems to SMP. Our staff and trained volunteers work to correct errors and report abuse of the Medicare system to government authorities.
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
2101 Kimball Ave., Suite 320
Waterloo, IA 50702
800 423 2449
The Older Iowans Legislature is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization. Its members advocate for state legislators and the Governor to sign legislation that will result in an improved “Quality of Life for Older Iowans”. The Older Iowans Legislature places special emphasis on the frail elderly; those citizens who have contributed much to our society, but have exhausted their resources and in need of assistance to lead meaningful lives.
5835 Grand Avenue, Suite 106
Des Moines, IA 50312-1437
The University of Iowa Center on Aging is an interdisciplinary resource for aging-related interests and activities throughout the University community and the state.
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
319 335 6576
Main search site for Iowa Code and legislative documents.
515 281 5044
800 373 5044
The unit conducts investigations of alleged abuse and neglect of residents in long-term care facilities that receive Medicaid reimbursements from the federal government. Investigators also look into allegations that residents have been defrauded of personal funds or possessions.
Department of Inspections and Appeals
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
Lucas State Office Building – Third Floor
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 800 831 1394
515 281 0254
877 686 0027
The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.
National Center on Elder Abuse
c/o University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 22, Building A-6
Alhambra, CA 91803
855 500 3537 (855 500 ELDR)
626 457 4090 (fax)
VA benefits: 800 827 1000
To report suspected fraud, waste, or abuse related to Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
Social Security Fraud Hotline
PO Box 17785
Baltimore, Maryland 21235
800 269 0271 (10 am–4 pm EST)
866 501 2101 (TTY)
Note: If unable to reach a representative on the Fraud Hotline during open hours, you can report Social Security program fraud directly to any Social Security office, including representatives at the SSA’s toll-free number, 800 772 1213, 7 am to 7 pm. SSA employees will take your information and send it directly to our office.
To report suspected errors, fraud, or abuse, you can contact either:
Toll-free: 800 447 8477
TTY: 800 377 4950
800 633 4227
877 486 2048 (TTY)
Medicare Beneficiary Contact Center, P.O. Box 39, Lawrence, KS 66044
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Erickson W, Lee C, von Schrader S. (2016). 2015 Disability Status Report: Iowa. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI). Retrieved April 6, 2017 from http://www.disabilitystatistics.org/StatusReports/2015-PDF/2015-StatusReport_IA.pdf.
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