Members of the local personal care home task force were recognized by Georgia House of Representatives with a resolution honoring them for their work to protect elderly and disabled adults.
Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly was formed within months of District Attorney Natalie Paine’s appointment as the Augusta Judicial Circuit’s top prosecutor. Composed of prosecutors, district attorney investigators, sheriff’s officers, and representatives from the marshal, Hephzibah Police Department, coroner and fire department, CAVE has been instrumental in closing suspected unlicensed personal care homes, and prosecuting people suspected of exploiting and neglecting elderly and disabled adults.
The CAVE team, composed of members who volunteered to participate, is working closely with code enforcement and the Department of Community Health, the state agency charged with regulating personal care homes.
Paine said Thursday that the Athens-Clarke County law enforcement was also honored in the resolution for the work they are doing.
According to an investigation by The Augusta Chronicle, one third of the personal care homes in the county were cited for dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions.
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