Health and Welfare Resources

California Attorney General, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse

The Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) and Crime and Violence Prevention Center (CVPC) joined with the AARP in releasing a comprehensive consumer guide to help Californians protect elderly relatives and friends. The booklet, "A Citizen's Guide to Preventing and Reporting Elder Abuse," provides helpful hints on how to detect the most common warning signs of physical, emotional and financial elder abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities. The 36-page prevention guide offers tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and contains a list of valuable Web sites and other resources for additional advice and information. To report elder abuse, contact the Attorney General's toll-free hotline at (800) 722-0432.

California Department of Consumer Affairs -- Look Up the License of a Doctor, Dentist, Nurse or Other Health Care Professional

The California Department of Consumer Affairs is a one-stop shop for Californians looking to perform a license "checkup" on a doctor, dentist, nurse or scores of other health care professionals. The department and its affiliated boards and bureaus license more than 800,000 health care professionals in more than 35 fields. To give your health care provider a license checkup, go to the Department's online "License and Complaint History" link. If you don't have Web access, call (800) 952-5210. To visit the Web site of a health care professional licensing board or bureau of the Department of Consumer Affairs, visit the Department's list of licensing Boards and Bureaus.

California Department of Health Services

The California Department of Health Services' (DHCS) mission is to protect and improve the health of all Californians. The Department responds to public health emergencies, whether caused by nature or humans; takes a leadership role in ensuring that core public health functions are fully integrated into California's homeland security and emergency planning; and combats preventable causes of death and disability. DHCS is also dedicated to assuring that California's Medi-Cal program offers maximum value to the beneficiaries it serves and the taxpayers who fund it.

California Department of Social Services

The California Department of Social Services strives to provide aid, services and protection to needy children and adults, while strengthening and encouraging individual responsibility and independence for families. By managing and funding its programs, the objectives of the Department are carried out in 51 offices throughout the state, in 58 county welfare departments, offices and a host of community-based organizations.

County Welfare Director's Association of California

The County Welfare Director's Association of California (CWDA) is a nonprofit association representing human service directors from each of California's 58 counties. The association's mission is to promote a human services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities, and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect. Its Web Site contains links to county human services agencies, state and federal government agencies and other resources. Consumers can also obtain a copy of the association's in-depth report on adult abuse.

Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau

The Department of Consumer Affairs' Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau can help seniors find a licensed dispenser and provides consumer tips on purchasing hearing aids, hearing loss symptoms, understanding audiograms, warranties, and online or mail-order purchase of hearing aids.

National Center on Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is a gateway to resources on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The center's Web site contains a comprehensive list of toll-free numbers for reporting domestic and institutional elder abuse and an information clearinghouse.

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security and dignity of America's most vulnerable citizens. It is one of six partners that make up the National Center on Elder Abuse, which is funded by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse on information on abuse and neglect. The committee's purpose is to achieve a greater understanding of abuse and provide direction and leadership to prevent it. Its Web site includes information on financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect/self-neglect.