Advocating for Legislative Change to Improve Long-Term Care in New York State

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. Intro: The Community Must Become Involved in the Legislative Process   The growing crisis of substandard care in nursing homes and adult care facilities is not new and has existed prior to the pandemic. New York has ignored the challenges older adults and people with disabilities have faced living in…

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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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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

On June 15th, in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we held a “virtual” press conference, with videos from elected officials and leaders across the state. All video comments can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.  During the month of June,  communities around the world have the opportunity to promote a better understanding of…

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Legal Services are Essential

Free legal services are in imminent danger of facing devastating cuts. We are deeply concerned about the potential $8.4 billion cut in the New York State Aid to Localities budget, which could gut civil legal services across NYS. These services help individuals and families obtain vital resources, such as healthcare, critical benefits, safe housing, stable income,…

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Action Alert: Protect Medicaid

YOUR Action is Needed to #ProtectMedicaid in the face of COVID-19. While Governor Cuomo has been a strong leader in battling COVID-19, his administration still wants to move forward with $2.5 billion in cuts to the Medicaid program. These cuts will harm 6.3 million New Yorkers who need Medicaid for their health care, including children, individuals with disabilities, and seniors. We are also particularly…

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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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