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Engaging Stakeholders

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking stakeholder input on potential changes to the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). The purpose of NAMRS is to increase understanding of adult maltreatment as investigated by adult protective service (APS) programs.  NAMRS has collected administrative and program data from state (including U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia) APS programs since 2016.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has authorized NAMRS through early 2023. It has been reauthorized once previously, with no changes, in 2020.
 
To prepare for the 2023 OMB reauthorization, ACL is holding a series of listening sessions to obtain feedback from stakeholders on potential improvements in the system. These listening sessions, in the form of webinars, will focus on specific topics as shown in the table below. Unless otherwise indicated, stakeholders are invited to participate in any of the listening session related to their interest in NAMRS. If you are not able to attend a listening session but would like to provide input, please contact us.
   
To participate in a listening session(s), please register using the link in the chart below. There is a limit on the number of participants. 

Listening sessions will include a brief overview of NAMRS and a facilitated discussion of questions related to topics covered in the session. Each listening session will address one or more of the following topics: 

● Purpose:  Reaffirm the purpose of the data collection.

● Data Elements:  Determine potential additions/changes to the data elements and their code values.

● System Enhancements:  Determine potential enhancements to the NAMRS user interface and technology platform and translate the improvements into requirements for the system.

Your registration confirmation email will provide links to NAMRS summary background material and listening session discussion topics. We encourage participants to prepare by considering what data about adult maltreatment you currently use and what data you need to better understand adult maltreatment.

For more detailed information on NAMRS, including a description of NAMRS and links to the Adult Maltreatment reports, please visit the Learning & Resources page.

The following table shows the dates, times, focus, and topics for the listening sessions.  

Stakeholders Focus and Topic Areas Data and Time

Aging Partners
Members or representatives of the aging network or other aging service providers who partner with APS programs.

Focus is on partnership with aging and service delivery networks that help meet the needs of victims of adult maltreatment. Topics will include:
● Purpose
● Data Elements

April 7, 2021
3:00 PM EDT

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement issues (CJ/LE) Partners
CJ/LE professionals who partner with APS programs or may need APS data.

Focus is on understanding adult maltreatment investigations relationship to criminal justice and law enforcement. Topics will include:  
● Purpose
● Data Elements

April 8, 2021
4:00 PM EDT

Public Health and Foundation Partners
Public health professionals who study or fund studies on adult maltreatment and/or need APS data. 

Focus is on understanding adult maltreatment relationship to public health and research perspective of foundations. Topics will include: 
● Purpose
● Data Elements

April 9, 2021
4:00 PM EDT

Federal Partners
Elder Justice Working Group members only

Focus is on needs of federal agencies for data to better understand maltreatment. Topics will include: 
● Purpose
● Data Elements

April 13, 2021
3:00 PM EDT

Research Partners
Individuals that use or expect to use NAMRS data to research adult maltreatment, intervention, and prevention efforts.

Focus is on need for adult maltreatment data for research. Topics will include: 
● Purpose
● Data Elements

April 20, 2021
3:00 PM EDT

Disability Advocates Partners
Members or representatives of the Protection and Advocacy or other disability network/service providers who partner with APS programs

Focus is on partnership with disability advocacy and protection and service delivery networks that help meet the needs of victims of adult maltreatment. Topics will include: 
● Purpose
● Data Elements

April 22, 2021
3:00 PM EDT

APS Program Partners
State APS program leadership and program staff responsible for NAMRS submission only

Focus is on state user needs in submitting and future use of data. Topics will include: 
● Purpose
● Data Elements
● System Enhancements

Mid Coast*:
April 12, 2021
2:30 PM EDT


West Coast*: 
April 16, 2021
4:00 PM EDT


East Coast*:
April 19, 2021
9:30 AM EDT

*APS state program staff are not limited by geography to which session they attend. The session times are targeted geographically to ensure convenient times but APS program staff are free to attend which date and time works for them.
 
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