Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council

The Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council was created through the attorney general’s regulatory authority under Kansas law to advise and make recommendations to the Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Unit, which works with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, law enforcement and prosecutors statewide to help prevent and prosecute crimes against vulnerable adults across Kansas.

The council’s duties include establishing working groups on specific topics, developing local or regional multi-disciplinary teams to assist local authorities in investigating abuse and neglect, as well as coordinating and engaging in education and outreach activities including creating a publicly available clearinghouse of information on elder and dependent adult abuse prevention.

Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council Members

  • Steven Karrer, Chair

    Deputy Attorney General, Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division
  • Dr. Stephen Benson

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Niomi Burget

    Consumer Outreach and Public Affairs Coordinator, Attorney General’s Office
  • Kathryn Carter

    Acting Deputy Attorney General, Consumer Protection & Antitrust Division
  • Ashley Goss

    Deputy Secretary of Public Health, KDHE
  • Kathy Greenlee

    Former Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Chrisy Khatib

    Deputy Director of Prevention and Protection Services, DCF
  • Mitzi McFatrich

    Executive Director, Kansas Advocates for Better Care
  • Vanessa Riebli

    Assistant District Attorney, Johnson County District Attorney’s Office
  • Ruth Ritthaler

    Chautauqua County Attorney
  • Dawne Stevenson

    Director of Survey and Certification, KDADS
  • Kathy Taylor

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Kansas Bankers Association
  • Mary Tritsch

    Associate State Director, AARP
  • Jackie Williams

    Deputy Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Division
  • Jacklyn Zickel

    Detective, Overland Park Police Department 

Upcoming Meetings

Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council



Coming soon.

Contact Us

Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council
Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt
120 SW 10th Ave, 2nd Fl.
Topeka, KS 66612-1597
(785) 296-2215

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