In January 2019, the Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute worked with CELJ to implement a medical-legal partnership that leverages legal expertise and services to address patients’ health-related social needs. This connection helps to address health-harming legal and social problems afflicting vulnerable patients, and often preventing safe or timely discharge to the community. In its…

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On Wednesday, January 29th, the New York State Legislature is holding the 2020 Joint Budget Hearing on Health. Supervising Attorney Lindsay Heckler is invited to give testimony on behalf of the Center for Elder Law & Justice, and will specifically address concerns with the lack of transparency and public involvement in the Medicaid budgeting process. Lindsay…

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The Center for Elder Law & Justice has partnered with Lake Shore Savings Bank to utilize the Senior Financial Safety Tool (SFST). The SFST is a web-based application that screens older adults for common warning signs of financial exploitation. Our goal is to develop a detection and referral system so that we can work collaboratively…

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. The Department of Health is conducting a study about staffing levels in hospitals and nursing homes and needs to hear from the community! As highlighted in our comments to the Department of Health safe minimum staffing levels are essential in ensuring each patient and resident receives safe, effective, and quality…

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The Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) is pleased to announce a new initiative made possible through the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund. The goal of this initiative will be to improve the ability of nursing home residents in Western New York to advocate for themselves to receive the best possible care. This…

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Lindsay-Heckler Portrait

On September 20th, 2019, NY State Department of Health is having the first of two meetings to examine how staffing enhancements, and other initiatives, can be used to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare service delivery, in hospitals and nursing homes. Supervising Attorney Lindsay Heckler will be there to give brief testimony on…

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Since 2017, the New York State legislature has recognized September as Kinship Care Month. “Kinship Caregivers” refers to non-parents who are caring for children, including grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, adult siblings, and even non-relatives who have been important to the child such as a family friend. There are about 2.8 million children being…

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Residents have rights when their nursing home is being closed. The below is meant provide an overview of resident rights during the closure process and sources of help during this stressful time.  Access to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program The Ombudsman Program is an advocate and resource for persons who reside in nursing homes.…

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With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Pro Bono Net and the Center for Elder Law & Justice have partnered on an initiative to create and expand two online tools to enable innovative partnership and outreach models to identify, respond to, and remedy elder abuse and financial exploitation:…

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