The mission of the Vermont Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) is to identify, remedy, and prevent acts of financial abuse committed against elder and vulnerable adult populations in Vermont.  FAST achieves its mission by taking a holistic and multi disciplinary approach to the problem, which includes cross-disciplinary collaboration, education, and outreach.  FAST partners assist and support one another in a shared belief...


...that All Vermonters are entitled to financial security and independence.

FAST of Vermont is pleased to announce the

Tri-State Conference for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont FAST Members and Guests.

July 17, 2018 


To buy tickets go to: Tri-State Conference Registration


Vermont Law School - South Royalton, VT.

The Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) of Vermont  is pleased to announce the first ever Tri-State Conference for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont FAST members and other professionals working to remedy and prevent the financial exploitation of elders. At this conference you will learn about best practices for addressing financial exploitation and current efforts underway in the Tri-State area, with the goal of developing action plans to improve systems and enhance protection and prevention.


The morning sessions will focus on information sharing and the afternoon sessions on information gathering.  Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is our keynote speaker and will highlight efforts to identify the needs and vulnerabilities of older Vermonters and initiatives underway to improve support and protection.  New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and a delegation from his office will speak about New Hampshire's newly reformed Elder Abuse and Exploitation Unit and their successful efforts in in combating financial exploitation in New Hampshire.  Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Ricker Hamilton will discuss his work on prevention and mitigation of financial exploitation. 


The afternoon sessions will include Talitha Guinn-Shaver of the US Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative discussing the work of the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Technical Assistance Center and how to access technical assistance and other services through the Center.   This presentation will include an overview of the MDT model, best practices, and the many benefits of MDT collaborations. Plus there will be smaller group discussions, focused on specific areas of interest.  Be sure to choose two break-out sessions when you purchase tickets so you are assured a place at those sessions. 


July 18, 9:00 am to 12:00: FAST Working Group

This 3 hour hands-on working session will lead your team through the stages of team formation, explore common challenges that teams face, and will include exercises and case examples intended to support the work of each participating team.


Contact for more information. 

2018 FAST of Vermont Meetings

Thursday, April 26

Thursday, June 28

Thursday, Sept 27

Monday, Nov 19

All in-person meetings are hosted by Vermont State Employee Credit Union (VSECU) at One Bailey Street, Montpelier, VT from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

Virtual meetings are from 1:00 to 2:00.  All meetings can be attended virtually.


FAST of Vermont Members

  • Vermont Attorney General's Office, Consumer Assistance Program
  • Vermont State Police
  • Area Agencies on Aging Executive Directors and Case Manager Supervisors
  • Financial Institutions, Security Officers
  • Long-term Care Ombudsman
  • Department of Disability, Aging, and Independent Living
  • Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter
  • Senator Sander's Office
  • Community of Vermont Elders
  • Department of Financial Regulation
  • Private Attorney's
  • Private Guardians
  • Office of Public Guardian
  • Chittened County State's Attorney's Office

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Meeting Notes

Wed., May 17, 1:00 to 2:00 Webinar: Tools to Prevent and Mitigate Financial Exploitation. Click here to join the webinar.


 Wed., April 12, 1:00 to 2:30 In-Person Meeting at VSECU; Or, join remotely here  - Commissioner Michael Pieciak, Dept. of Financial Regulation  


Wed., June 14, 1:00 to 2:30 - In-Person Meeting at VSECU - Ron Dion, Union Bank and Tom White, VSECU.


Wed., September 13, 1:00 to 2:30 - In-Person Meeting at VSECU - Josh Otey, Bristol Police Department


Novemebr 8, 2017 - Tri-State Conference on Financial Exploitation. Location TBD.


Wed., January 11, 1:00 to 2:30 - IN-PERSON MEETING at VSECU - Gini Milkey of Cove and Michael Benvenuto, Esq., of Vermont Legal Aid will discuss their recent grants from the Vermont Center on Crime Victims Services for the prevention and mitigation of financial exploitation. 

Michael Benvenuto will also present on the How to's of filing a Title 33 Relief from Abuse, an important tool to combat financial exploitation. 

Register with GoToWebinar here


More information coming soon for our 2017 meetings!



2016 Meetings
Wednesday, Jan 20  
Anita Hoy, Director, Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
Wednesday, Feb 10 
Matt Dunne, Gubernatorial Candidate 
Monday, April 11
1:00 to 1:40 Phil Scott,  Gubernatorial Candidate
1:45 to 2:30 Sue Minter,  Gubernatorial Candidate
Wednesday, May 11  
Jackie Majoros, Long Term Care Ombudsman for Vermont
Wednesday, Aug. 17 - Meeting at VSECU
Cinda Donton, Elder Care Clinician
Tuesday, Sept. 20 -  Virtual meeting at GoToWebinar
Steve Brown, Windham County Deputy State's Attorney
Wednesday, Oct. 12 - Virtual meeting at GoToWebinar
Paula McCann,  Attorney and Writer 
 Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Virtual Open House at GoToWebinar
A conversation with TJ Donovan,  Attorney General Candidate 
Wednesday, Nov. 9 - Meeting at VSECU 
Jackie Rogers, Director of The Office of Public Guardian

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