The Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes Must Stop

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Supervising Attorney The details of the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes in the New York Times article should shock the conscience of the community and must finally spur action by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the NYS Department of Health, Congress, and the NYS Legislature. The misuse…

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Summer Webinar Series to begin July 13

The Center for Elder Law & Justice is partnering with the Erie County Department of Senior Services to host the 21st Annual Elder Law Day Virtual Summer Series. For the second year, presentations and consultations will be held virtually and recorded for future viewing. This collaboration is designed to provide information on legal issues affecting…

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Updated Guidelines for Resident Outings During the Pandemic

submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney With the recently updated guidelines for visitation from the New York State Department of Health (DOH), many residents living in nursing homes or adult care facilities (facility) and their loved ones have had many questions. The Center for Elder Law & Justice has prepared a fact sheet on…

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New York State Department of Health Updates on Visitation for Adult Care Facilities and Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facilities

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Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq. On September 9, 2020 the NYS Department of Health (DOH) released updated guidelines for Adult Care Facility visitation and Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation. The major update to the visitation guidelines is facilities must have no new confirmed staff or resident COVID-19 reported cases for 14 days. (The prior threshold…

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MedLaw Partnership of WNY – Making a Difference in People’s Lives

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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