Financial Abuse Specialist Teams (FAST)
FAST teams focus on complex financial abuse cases. Teams may be comprised of public agencies only (Adult Protective Services, law enforcement, Public Guardian, LTC Ombudsman), or public-private partnerships, which include private practitioners from the fields of law, real estate, banking, etc. Teams typically meet monthly and discuss one to three cases.
These resources may provide useful information regarding FASTs and other collaborative approaches to address elder financial abuse:
- The Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice has produced a series of video clips explaining the importance of establishing multi-disciplinary specialist teams to address the needs of elder victims of financial abuse
- For some basic guidelines for establishing a FAST, visit the Technical Assistance section of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse website.
- The Los Angeles County Fiduciary Abuse Specialist Team was one of the fist FAST teams in the country. The following article describes the model: Aziz, S. (2000). “Los Angeles County Fiduciary Abuse Specialist Team: A Model for Collaboration.” Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect; vol 12 (2), 79-83.