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Join The Legal Center for a Denver Nuggets game

The Legal Center is participating in a Denver Nuggets Awareness Night, which means we get to sell tickets at prices and the Nuggets will reward us with goodies like autographed items, putting our name on the big board, a pre-game VIP experience and much, much more.  Join us on Monday, February 23 when your Denver Nuggets take on the Brooklyn Nets.  Tickets are priced from $20 - $50 (normally $40 - $98) and The Legal Center receives a $5 donation for every ticket sold.  People do not have to be affiliated with The Legal Center to take advantage of the discounted prices so tell all of your friends!  You have to use the link to get the discounted tickets so click here to purchase and we'll see you at the game!

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2013 Annual Report - The Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program & Legal Assistance Developer Program

Read more about the 2013 accomplishments of the Ombudsman and Legal Assistance Developer Programs.  The Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Legal Assistance Developer programs have been administered by The Legal Center since 1988.  These two programs work together to protect and promote the rights of Colorado's older adults and to improve their quality of life.  Click on the PDF link below to read the report.


2013 Annual Report
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Fighting Discrimination

Persons with HIV disease, either symptomatic or asymptomatic, are protected by the ADA.

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We need your input!

Please take a few minutes to give us your opinions about the work we do on behalf of individuals with mental illness.

Report abuse/neglect!

The PAIMI Program represents children and adolescents in the Division of Youth Corrections.  Call 1-800-288-1376 to report abuse, neglect and rights violations.

BINGO box top

BINGO box top

Residents' Rights BINGO is back by popular demand!  The game is an imaginative way to empower residents of nursing homes and provide essential training to staff.  Find out more and order your copy today.

Legal Center Brochure

Legal Center brochure
This brochure gives more information about how The Legal Center can help. (1.1 MB)

Criteria for Representation

 Learn more about The Legal Center's scope of services and case acceptance criteria.


The Legal Center's Criteria for Representation
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The Everyday Guide to Special Education e-book

The award-winning book is now available as an e-book for only $9.95!  Click here to order.

The Legal Center makes a difference in everyday lives...

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.

NEW! The Third Edition of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law

The 3rd Edition of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law  is now available!  You don't have to be a lawyer to understand the IDEA laws and process - you just need this book by Randy Chapman.  Order your copy today!  Call toll free 1-800-288-1376, price $24.95.

Emily Harvey, Staff Attorney Wins SPARC Award

Emily Harvey (green cap) and other athletes at the 2014 Colfax Marathon

The Arc-Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties has awarded Emily Harvey with the 2014 Community Champion SPARC Award!  According to their website "The SPARC Awards honor the people who selflessly serve and aid our communities everyday, The power of the SPARC Awards and its recipients is in their ability to demonstrate to the community that individuals and organizations can and do make a difference.  SPARC Awardees demonstrate extraordinary leadership, changing the community and the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Their examples serve as inspiration showing what is possible."  They will be presenting the awards at their annual meeting on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wheatridge Recreation Center.   

Emily Harvey was nominated for this award because of her work with the Colfax Marathon Partnership this past year.  Late in 2013 she was contacted by the race director because he was interested in making the Colfax races in 2014 more accessible for people with disabilities.  Of course she couldn't say no to an opportunity that would allow her to help open up doors for people with disabilities, so she jumped on board as the Coordinator for their Athletes with Disabilities Initiative.  Emily personally reached out to everyone who self-identified as a person with a disability upon registration and acted as their point of contact all the way through race day.  She also coordinated parking, a separate gear check, a pre- and post-race meeting area, and anything else that might have been needed for the althletes with disabilities throughout the 2014 race weekend. 

Emily Harvey is definitely a champion!

Statewide Mental Health Crisis Line
PSA mental health crisis hotline

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.


Mandatory Reporting of Abuse and Exploitation of At-Risk Elders

Colorado's laws establishing Mandatory Reporting of Abuse and Exploitation of At-Risk Elders became effective on July 1, 2014.  The two acts (SB13-111 and SB14-098) require certain professionals (and their staff and volunteers) to report elder abuse, neglect or exploitation.  Any mandatory reporter who OBSERVES the abuse, neclect or exploitation of a person who is 70 years of age or older (an "at-risk" elder) OR has reasonable cause to believe that an at-risk elder has been abused, neglected or financially exploited MUST report the abuse to police or local law enforcement within 24-hours after making the observation or discovery of abuse.  The mandatory reporter who makes a report in good faith will be immune from civil or criminal liability.  However, willful failure to report OR filing a FALSE report can be prosecuted under the new law. 

Mandatory reporters include:  health care professionals, pharmacists, psychologists and mental health care providers, social workers, long-term care providers, care facility staff, home health providers, clergy members, law enforcement officials and personnel, court-appointed guardians and conservators and personnel of banks and other financial institutions. 

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Thank you Grand Junction

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.

Choosing Home

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 Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, Second Edition

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.

Guía de la Ley de Educación Especial
Guía de la Ley de Educación Especial

Guía de la Ley de Educación Especial

Guía de la Ley de Educación Especial is the Spanish translation of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law. Each page includes text in Spanish and in English. This manual gives parents the courage to effectively advocate for their child with disabilities.

Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook
Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook

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.

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