Molly Davies has been a Long-Term Care Ombudsman for sixteen years and has oversight of the WISE & Healthy Aging LTC Ombudsman Program and Elder Abuse Prevention Programs.
WISE & Healthy Aging is the sole contractor of Ombudsman services in the City and County of Los Angeles. The program is the largest in the nation, responsible for providing coverage to 1,880 facilities that have the capacity to serve over 76,000 residents. Highlights include the creation of the Graduate student internship program, development of an ombudsman unlicensed facilities response, development of training programs for hospital discharge planners to prevent inappropriate transfers and discharges, and development of a memorandum of understanding that clarifies jurisdiction between Adult Protective Services and Ombudsman Programs in California. She is responsible for leading the program’s policy and advocacy efforts.
Molly represents the agency participation in the Later in Life Advocacy, Counseling Collaboration (LILACC) administered by Mayor Garcetti’s Office, in partnership with City Attorney Office, Los Angeles Police Department, and Jewish Family Service LA. The project focus is to increase collaboration between the domestic violence and elder abuse intervention networks through a robust training effort and the creation of support groups for survivors of elder abuse and intimate partner violence later in life.
Molly created and secured funding for the Holistic Elder Abuse Response Team (HEART) that is co-located at the Long Beach Police Department and provides field capable case management, therapy, legal system advocacy, and emergency funds to survivors of elder abuse in the community and facility settings.
She is a member of the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center and the Elder Death Review Team, and the Co-Chair of the Domestic Violence Task Force’s Abuse in Later Life Ad Hoc Committee. Molly is the Chair of the California Elder Justice Coalition and the Former Past President of the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCLA, master’s degree in Social Work from California State University Long Beach, and is an Associate Clinical Social Worker.