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Center for Elder Law & Justice Resident Rights Advocacy Initiative

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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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NY State Nursing Homes Staffing Study

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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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September is “Kinship Care Month”

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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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Resident Rights During the Closing of a Nursing Home

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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Announcing Aging Safely: A Webinar Series on Technology and Partnership Strategies to Better Combat Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

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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Karen Nicolson nominated for Cause Award

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The Center for Elder Law & Justice is proud to announce that CEO Karen Nicolson has been selected as a Finalist for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s Centennial Awards. Karen is nominated for the Cause Award, which honors a change maker dedicated to addressing a pressing issue in our region. The winner in each…

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Call for Community Action: Speak up for Nursing Home Residents

Prepared by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued proposed rules for the purpose of reducing nursing home provider burden. The proposed rules do nothing to improve the quality of care in nursing homes. The Center for Elder Law & Justice is against the proposed changes and will be…

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Help for City of Buffalo Homeowners Facing Tax Foreclosure

  Free Attorney Representation for City of Buffalo Residents Facing Tax Foreclosure Center for Elder Law & Justice provides free representation for homeowners facing foreclosure in the City of Buffalo   Are you struggling to pay your property taxes in the City of Buffalo? You may be at risk of losing your home. The Center…

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Buffalo Alert- Ongoing SSA Impersonation Schemes

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, warns the community about an ongoing Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation scheme. Several reports have been made in regards to people receiving suspicious phone calls from automated recordings informing people that their Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity. ”…

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