The missouri department of health and senior services dhss investigates abuse neglect and exploitation of vulnerable individuals 60 and older and people with disabilities between 18 and 59 these individuals may live in the community or in long term care facilities. Financial exploitation occurs when a person misuses or takes the assets of a vulnerable adult for his her own personal benefit this frequently occurs without the explicit knowledge or consent of a senior or disabled adult depriving him her of vital financial resources for his her personal needs. Rsa 161 f46 requires any person who has a reason to believe that an elderly incapacitated adult has been subjected to physical abuse neglect or exploitation or is living in hazardous conditions to notify the department of health and human services or their local law enforcement agency. It is intended to protect the elderly from abuse neglect and exploitation c it followed the national institute of justices nij study that observed 11 of americans older than 60 years experiencing elderly abuse in a year
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