The Plough Foundation has announced that it has reached an agreement with Tosti Consulting, Inc. to serve as director of coordinated response to elder abuse, an initiative funded by the Foundation to coordinate community resources and efficiently respond to elder abuse.
Patti Tosti, president of Tosti Consulting, Inc., drafted the original plan to which the Plough Board of Trustees granted $3.45 million in August.
“Patti was the obvious choice to lead this critical community response,” said Mike Carpenter, executive director of the Plough Foundation. “She knows the plan better than anyone else, has the critical relationships with community stakeholders and a strong background working with vulnerable populations including the elderly.”
The coordinated community response to elder abuse arose from the Plough Foundation’s Aging Initiative and subsequent request for proposals.
Plough Foundation, working with Tosti, brought together over 50 community partners who support the elderly and asked them to submit proposals to address the priority areas of housing, medical, legal, data, victim services and training. The proposals of 10 organizations were combined into a single, cohesive coordinated community response to elder abuse.
The services and systems funded in the plan will support the work of the Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney General and Adult Protective Services as they respond to elder maltreatment. The organizations receiving grants include the Aging Commission of the MidSouth, Ave Maria, Meritan, the Shelby County Crime Victims Center, Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis Area Legal Services, Community Legal Center, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and the RISE Foundation.
“Every agency working with the vulnerable adults are doing their best, but there are many gaps in the system,” Tosti said. “Under this plan, law enforcement, the District Attorney and Adult Protective Services will have 24/7 access to emergency beds, free legal services for the victims, medical treatment from professionals trained to work with the elderly, support groups and counseling, intensive training and data to know if we are all making a difference.”
Tosti, who has a B.A. in Sociology from St. Joseph’s College in Maine and an MBA from the University of Memphis, will be tasked with holding the partner organizations accountable for service delivery, data reporting and serving as primary liaison to the various stakeholder organizations.
“It’s not every day you get the opportunity to implement a plan that can literally change and improve the lives of people in our community,” Tosti said. “I am excited about the work we are preparing to do, the cooperation we are receiving across the community and most of all, the message it sends about the kind of community we intend to be.”