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The Legal Center protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis.
Residents' Rights Month is an annual event designated by the Consumer Voice, a national advocacy organization for residents in long-term care. This is celebrated in October to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities across America. It is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awarenes of dignity, respect and the value of each individual resident. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2014 is, "Better Staffing: The Key to Better Care" with the goal of encouraging residents and others to be educated about the value of staffing and long-term care. However, this spotlight shines on all residents, including the right to privacy and the right to community, the right to self determination and the right to dignity. Across Colorado, there are events planned during the month of October, including a Candidates Forum, and a Community Bar-B-Que. for more informaio on how you can join these efforts, contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in your area.
The Colorado Department of Human Services recently launched the state’s first ever statewide mental health crisis hotline, 1-844-493-TALK (8255). The line is staffed with trained professionals and peer counselors 24/7, providing counseling and referral sources to Coloradans experiencing a mental health crisis.
Denver is in need of Election Judges for the November 2014 General Election. If you are interested in this opportunity click here.
The staff of The Legal Center would like to thank the Grand Junction community for a successful 2014 Open House! We appreciate your support!
Visit our Colorado Legal Assistance Developer for the Elderly and State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program pages for 2014 Medicaid & Medicare updates and mandatory reporting laws of abuse and exploitation of at-risk elders.
The following is an excerpt from an article written by Tessa Cheek with The Colorado Independent:
One hundred and thirty-nine Coloradans under the age of 65 who live with developmental disabilities are being warehoused in privately owned nursing homes throughout the state in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Read full article...
Click here to view the video interview with Jennifer Blankenship, a 52-year-old woman who fought for two years to get out of a nursing home to live in the community.
The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, Second Edition
The second edition of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, by Randy Chapman, was published in 2008. It is an essential tool for parents to help them get the best education possible for their child with disabilities. This book is also a great resource for teachers and school administrators.
Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook
New Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook is now available! Click here to order.
Or, click here to order the e-book format.
Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook is a supplement to the award winning book, The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law. This Workbook combines practical information on special education law with actual case examples that are presented in a concise story format.