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Legal Assistance Providers

Legal Services for the Elderly Program
This site provides information on the legal assistance provided under Title III-B. The legal services network provides important assistance for older persons in accessing long-term care options and other community-based services. Legal services also protect older persons against direct challenges to their independence, choice, and financial security. These legal services are specifically targeted to "older individuals with economic or social needs."

Links to Legal Services Providers for Older Americans: By State
This site, developed by The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG), provides direct links to one or two websites in each state that allows you to locate legal services providers for older Americans who have been funded under the Older Americans Act to provide services to the most socially and economically vulnerable older persons. This list had been added to the TCSG's overall State Legal Services Development site under the category of Listings of Legal Services Developers & Elder Law Programs where you can now find the following complete listings:

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and Legal Assistance Developers Collaboration Toolkit
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is federally funded under Title III and Title VII of the OAA and other federal, state and local sources. Title VII of the Older Americans Act (OAA) requires each state to appoint a legal assistance developer (LAD). This page provides resources and information on Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs and Legal Assistance Developers.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and Legal Assistance Developers Collaboration Report
This report includes in-depth information about the two programs and the current status of collaborations between LTCOPs and LADs. NORC worked with the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (NASOP), the National Association of Legal Services Developers (NALSD), and the Center for Social Gerontology in the development of two questionnaires, one sent to State Ombudsmen, and the other to Legal Assistance Developers. 

Access to Justice for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: Opportunities for Collaboration between Legal Services Providers and Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (Winter 2013)
This article was published in MIE Journal and was written by Becky Kurtz, former Director of the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs within the U.S. Administration for Community Living, and Mary Ann Parker, the Staff Attorney for the D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program within Legal Counsel for the Elderly/AARP. 

The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER)
The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) is a resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on the legal rights of older adults. NCLER is a one-stop support center for the legal services and aging and disability community. NCLER’s trainings, case consultations, and technical assistance are provided by Justice in Aging, the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, the National Consumer Law Center, and The Center for Social Gerontology—all under one roof.

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