Senior Officer Carl Noon
Senior Officer Carl Noon, of the Southwest Patrol Division, has voluntary worked with Ms. Pleshette Cook, Resource and External Relations Specialist with Adult Protective Services (APS) and Dr. Carmel B. Dyer, of the Texas Elder Abuse Mistreatment Team (TEAM). Much of the work Carl has done has been on his own time. The following are a few of the things Carl has done:
- Served on three special task forces for APS
- Helped train APS workers on criminal justice matters
- Helped set up elder abuse program for TEAM
- Helped train TEAM members
- Advised TEAM and APS members on financial crimes against the elderly
Adult Protective Services is part of a unique collaboration with the Baylor College of Medicine Geriatrics Program at the Harris County Hospital District. The collaboration is called the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment (TEAM) Institute.
The mission of the TEAM Institute is to improve the lives of abused or neglected elders through interdisciplinary clinical care, education, and research.
Goals of the TEAM Institute:
- To provide a comprehensive and systematic approach to identification, intervention, and risk reduction to the abused or neglected elderly of Texas.
- Enable an interdisciplinary effort to meet the many needs of the abused/neglected elderly.
- The interdisciplinary approach includes geriatric medical treatment, referrals, training, data collection and research.
The Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute (TEAM)
Co-directors: Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD and James Booker, MA
The concept for forming the Texas Abuse and Mistreatment Team (TEAM) had its beginnings in 1995 when Baylor College of Medicine Geriatrics Program at the Harris County Hospital District (BCM-HCHD), led by Dr. Carmel Dyer, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDPS) Adult Protective Services (APS) Region VI noted an increase in the number of reported abused and neglected elders in Harris County, TX. Leaders from both groups met and determined that strengthening and expanding the existing clinical relationship was a major priority.
In 1997 this relationship was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding between APS and BCM-HCHD, becoming the first APS-medical group collaboration in the United States. TEAM is co-directed by Dr. Carmel Dyer, who in 2006 was recruited to begin a new geriatrics and palliative care division at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTH), and Mr. James Booker, the Region VI APS Director.
The current composition of TEAM includes the UTH Medical School, APS, the HCHD and BCM who work collaboratively to end the suffering of abused and neglected elders.