Human resources

The Attorney General’s Office has resources to help prevent and report elder abuse

Today (June 15, 2022) is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office is asking all citizens to take a moment to learn about the resources available to combat this growing problem.

There are three units within the AG’s office to help prevent elder abuse.

  • The Consumer Protection Division handles deceptive marketing practices violations spanning a wide variety of categories from scams to credit card issues, door-to-door sales, travel and identity theft issues to n’ to name a few. If you suspect a scam or fraud, contact Consumer Protection by email at consumerhelp@state.sd.us or by phone at 1-800-300-1986 or 605-773-4400. You can also find a wide range of information on our website at www.consumer.sd.gov.
  • The Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Unit handles investigations involving Medicaid and nursing home care. If you suspect a problem with a nursing home or Medicaid, contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-497-3100.
  • The Elder Abuse and Financial Abuse Unit coordinates with local law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse and financial exploitation. All victims must be over 65 years old. The Elder Abuse Unit received 797 referrals in 2021 alone.

If you suspect elder abuse, contact local law enforcement or the state Department of Human Services at dakotaathome.org or by calling 1-833-663-9673.