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As part of CANHR’s mission to provide consumer education and advocacy support through community outreach, CANHR staff regularly travel near and far to participate in a wide variety of events. If you would like to invite CANHR to a support group, resource fair, or other event in your community, please call our office at (415) 974–5171.

2013
  • April 11-12: Pat McGinnis and Deborah Espinola presented Social Worker Long Term Care Medi-Cal Trainings in Pasadena and Los Angeles.
  • April 2: CANHR's senior staff attorney, Prescott Cole presented a Free Consumer Workshop on Elder Financial Abuse in Los Angeles.
  • March 1: Long Term Care Advocate Pauline Mosher hosted a CANHR information table at the Napa Senior Activity Center Health and Wellness Fair at the Napa Senior Activity Center.
  • February 26: Terry Donnelly attended a meeting of the West San Gabriel Valley Elder Abuse Coalition promoting CANHR services and upcoming training programs.
  • February 22: Terry Donnelly represented CANHR at UCLA’s MSW Intern Fair.
  • February 21: Terry Donnelly made a presentation on CCRC Rights at Villa Gardens, CCRC in Pasadena.
  • February 21: Prescott Cole attended the California Collaborative for Long Term Services and Supports Community of Constituents Conference in Sacramento.
  • February 20: Pat McGinnis was guest speaker at a U.C. Hastings class on Elder Law.
  • February 20: Terry Donnelly presented at the End of Life Issues Forum on Legal and Financial Considerations, Pilgrim Place CCRC.
  • February 18: Prescott Cole was a guest on the TRadio Program “Friends Without Benefits”.
  • February 7: Shawna Reeves gave a presentation on scams targeting elder veterans at a meeting of the San Francisco Elder Forensic Center and Multidisciplinary Team.
  • January 29: Pat McGinnis represented CANHR at the Nursing Home Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) stakeholders meeting in South San Francisco.
  • January 25: Prescott Cole, with consultant Neil Granger, gave a presentation on elder financial abuse at the Redding Senior Center.
  • January 14: Prescott Cole and Shawna Reeves gave a presentation on Medi-Cal, financial abuse and reverse mortgages to members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.
  • January 14: Prescott Cole made an evening presentation to the Bay View Community Seniors about reverse mortgages and financial elder abuse.
  • January 9: Terry Donnelly attended the TOPS‘ monthly meeting in Los Angeles.
  • January 9: Shawna Reeves gave an overview of CANHR's services and presented on elder financial abuse to social workers and nurses at Kaiser Santa Clara.
2012
  • December 4: Mike Connors and Tony Chicotel went to Sacramento to participate in meetings of the Statewide Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Reduce Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medication in Nursing Homes. The Partnership's recommendations are expected to generate a Department of Public Health report in early 2013.
  • November 16 & 17: CANHR hosted its 16th annual Elder Law Conference in Monterey, CA to a sold out crowd.
  • November 10: Claire Lomax, a CANHR volunteer hosted a CANHR information table at The Ethnic Health Institute, a community program of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Berkeley, 4th Annual Caregivers Town Hall at the Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center in Oakland.
  • November 1: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, MSW presented to the Legal Aid Association of California's 2012 Traveling Training on Veteran's Affairs, Aid and Attendance: Eligibility and Scams, in Riverside.
  • October 24: Shawna Reeves presented "Fighting Elder Financial Abuse: How to Detect Scams and Protect Seniors" to 25 professionals at the Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley.
  • October 24: Claire Lomax, a CANHR volunteer hosted a CANHR information table at the 2012 Marin Senior Information Fair at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael.
  • October 20-28: Pat McGinnis and Prescott Cole were hosted by the Japan Bar Association, Waseda University and U-vision in Tokyo to discuss Human Rights at Elder Care Facilities in the U.S. and Japan.
  • October 19: Pat McGinnis was a guest lecturer at the SFSU/Cal ARCH administrator certification class for RCFE administrators.
  • October 11: Executive Director, Patricia McGinnis presented at CANHR's Social Worker Training entitled "Medi-Cal for a Long Term Care Professionals," to a group of over 50 community professionals at the Sobrato Community Conference Center in Milpitas.
  • October 11: Prescott Cole attended meeting for the Northern California Elder Abuse Multidiciplinary Teams at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco.
  • October 2: Shawna Reeves presented on elder financial abuse to staff members and volunteers at Tenants Together in San Francisco.
  • October 2: Prescott Cole taught a class for the Medical Legal Partnership for Seniors program at Hastings Law School.
  • October 2: Pat McGinnis, Mike Connors, and Tony Chicotel went to Sacramento to participate in meetings of the Statewide Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Reduce Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medication in Nursing Homes. The Partnership's recommendations are expected to generate a Department of Public Health report in early 2013.
  • September 24: Prescott Cole was a guest on the TRadio Program “Friends Without Benefits”.
  • September 22: Long Term Advocate, Pauline Mosher attended the Senior Health & Wellness Fair located at the San Mateo Senior Center. Approximately 47 Vendors and 400-500 attendees were present at the fair. Pauline headed an information table and distributed CANHR fact sheets about Medi-Cal, VA Aid and Attendance, and planning for incapacity.
  • September 19: Prescott Cole and Shawna Reeves attended the Common Grounds conference co-sponsored by the FTC and California Attorney General's Office.
  • September 18: Prescott Cole attended the SCAN Foundation 2012 LTSS Summit Conference in Sacramento.
  • September 11: Prescott Cole taught a class at Hasting Law for Hastings Medical Legal Partnership of Seniors.
  • September 10: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, MSW presented on Planning for Long Term Care for the Family Care Giver Alliances' Spanish Support Group at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center in San Francisco.
  • September 7: Pat McGinnis was the guest speaker at the Piedmont Gardens CALCRA meeting in Oakland, CA.
  • September 6: Prescott Cole was the featured speaker at the CANELA monthly luncheon meeting. His topic was on elder law legislation and updates on various elder financial abuse scams.
  • September 4: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, MSW presented on CANHR Services and Long Term Care Medi-Cal to the Social Workers at San Francisco's Kaiser.
  • September 4: Prescott Cole participated in the California State Bar “Legal services State Bar Coordination Meeting” conference call.
  • August 29: CANHR volunteer Clair Lomax represented CANHR at the Tri-City Coalition and City of Fremont Human Services Department’s Four Seasons of Health Expo in Fremont. Clair distributed information about Incapacity, Caregiving, Long Term Care Medi-Cal, and Long Term Care Facilities.
  • August 17: Tony Chicotel and Mike Connors represented CANHR at the CMS/DPH sponsored planning meeting in San Francisco to establish an action plan to stop nursing home misuse of antipsychotic drugs and to improve care for residents with dementia.
  • August 8: Pauline Mosher, Long Term Care Advocate, represented CANHR at the 11th Annual Healthy Aging Fair at Chabot College in Hayward.
  • August 1: Prescott Cole presented at the Central California Legal Services “Reverse Mortgage Abuses” seminar in Fresno.
  • July 27: Long Term Care Advocate Deborah Espinola attended Assembly member’s Mary Hayashi’s Senior Fair in Hayward. Deborah distributed information about Long Term Care Medi-Cal, RCFEs and SNFs.
  • June 27: Prescott Cole participated in the CFPB Briefing Call on RFI for Reverse Mortgages Stakeholder Meeting National conference call.
  • June 27: Prescott Cole participated in Assisted Living Consumer Alliance’s webinar — “What Could That FREE Lunch Cost You? How to Avoid Being Drawn Into Financial Elder Abuse Scams.”
  • June 26: Anthony Chicotel presented to the Alameda County Ombudsman on resident rights issues.
  • June 25: Prescott Cole attended the Oregon State Long Term Care Insurance Advisory meeting.
  • June 22: Prescott Cole participated in the CFPB Briefing Call on RFI for Financial Frauds Targeting Veterans and Military Retirees National conference call.
  • June 6, 13, & 20: CANHR hosted three attorney webinars on Special Needs Trusts and Medi-Cal Basics.
  • June 2: CANHR hosted elder law training at Pickwick Gardens Conference Center in Burbank on Medi-Cal, the DRA and 2012 Long Term Care Issues.
  • June 6: Prescott Cole attended the Legal Assistance Association of California’s Pathway to Justice summer session in San Francisco.
  • June 4 & 5: Tony Chicotel presented at “Dementia Care Without Drugs” symposia in San Diego and Los Angeles. CANHR co-sponsored the symposia with the San Diego County Long Term Care Ombudsman and Elder Law & Advocacy in San Diego and with WISE & Healthy Aging, Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Senior Care Training in Los Angeles.
  • June 1: Patricia McGinnis presented at a training for long term care professionals (non-attorneys) on Long Term Care Medi-Cal and Medi-Cal Recovery at the Western Justice Center Foundation in Pasadena.
  • May 24: Prescott Cole was the moderator and presenter for the Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse panel at Elder Financial Protection Networks Call to Action 2012 in San Francisco.
  • May 21: Prescott Cole presented as a panelist on “Reverse Mortgage Madness” at Legal Assistance for Seniors 7th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse in San Francisco.
  • May 14: Prescott Cole, CANHR’s Senior Staff attorney, was featured in the Wall Street Journal article, “Should You Purchase Long Term Care Insurance,” warning consumers about the pitfalls of investing in long term care insurance.
  • May 14: Deborah Espinola, LTC Advocate, represented CANHR at Kaiser’s Dementia Resource Fair in San Francisco.
  • May 9: Tony Chicotel presented at the Ombudsman Coordinators’ Conference in Sacramento. The topic was California’s standard nursing home admission agreement, version 2.0.
  • May 9: Claire Lomax, a volunteer, represented CANHR at the 30th Annual Senior Information and Health Fair in Richmond.
  • April 24: Tony Chicotel traveled to San Jose to present “Hot Nursing Home Topics” to staff members at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
  • April 21: Tony Chicotel met with the Family Council of Waters Edge Nursing Home in Alameda and discussed various resident rights issues.
  • April 4: Mike Connors presented to the Los Angeles Ombudsman program on misuse of antipsychotic drugs and other issues.
  • March 21: Prescott Cole, CANHR’s senior staff attorney, presented a free CANHR-sponsored webinar on Financial Elder Abuse for legal services program staff.
  • March 20: Prescott Cole presented a class on elder abuse for gerontology students at San Jose State University.
  • March 14: Brad Erdosi, Esq., a private bar attorney in Irvine and CANHR LRS member, presented a free CANHR-sponsored webinar on VA Aid & Attendance Benefits for legal services program staff.
  • March 9: Prescott Cole attended a senior financial about task force meeting at the Department of Insurance.
  • March 7: Pat McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, presented a free CANHR-sponsored webinar on Frequently Asked Questions About Medi-Cal Eligibility and Recovery for legal services program staff.
  • March 6: CANHR staff visited Sacramento for its annual “Leg Day” to meet new legislators and discuss policy priorities for 2012.
  • February 29: Tony Chicotel, CANHR staff attorney, presented a free CANHR-sponsored webinar on Incapacity and Surrogate Decision Making to legal services program staff.
  • February 16: Tony Chicotel presented a webinar as part of the Legal Aid Association of California's "Armchair Training" series. The topic was probate conservatorship defense in California.
  • February 15: Tony Chicotel presented "Hot Topics in Long-term Care" to the Sonoma County Section on Aging in Santa Rosa.
  • February 15: Mike Connors participated in the family council meeting at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
  • February 14: Prescott Cole attended the Statewide Senior Legal Services Provider Retreat sponsored by LAAC.
  • February 13: Tony Chicotel attended the senior legal services provider retreat in San Francisco sponsored by the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC).
  • February 11: Prescott Cole attended “Law and Policy of the Developing Brain: Neuroscience from Womb to Death” at Stanford University School of Law.
  • February 9: Tony Chicotel traveled to San Rafael to present to the Marin Council on Aging. He discussed “myths about long-term care.”
  • February 9: Deborah Espinola, MSW Long Term Care Advocate, gave a presentation on CANHR services and Long Term Care Medi-Cal to a group from Sutter Visiting Nurses in Fairfield.
  • January 30: Tony Chicotel and Mike Connors visited Beatitudes in Phoenix to learn more about its acclaimed dementia care services.
  • January 24: Prescott Cole gave a presentation at USF Law School.
  • January 19: Prescott Cole attended the Department of Insurance Senior Task Force.
  • January 12: Prescott Cole attended the NAPSA Elder Financial Exploitation Advisory Board Teleconference.
  • January 11: Prescott Cole attended an All State Bar Association Meeting/Open Courts Coalition to explore options for court funding.
2011
  • December 14: Tony Chicotel went to Sacramento to provide a training for the Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division. The presentation featured resident capacity issues, surrogacy, and legal decision-making.
  • November 16: Mike Connors spoke on the eviction rights of long term care facility residents at the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging annual conference in Los Angeles.
  • November 12: Pat McGinnis was a panelist on Current Industry Hot Topics at the Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention in San Francisco.
  • November 11: Prescott Cole was a trainer for the Legal Aid Association of California Seminar in Fresno.
  • October 28: Prescott Cole was a participant at the Institute on Aging Round Table in San Francisco.
  • October 28: Pat McGinnis was a guest lecturer at the RCFE Certification Program at San Francisco State University.
  • October 26 & 27: Tony Chicotel presented "Stop Drugging Our Elders!" at Dementia Care symposia in Sacramento and South San Francisco. The symposia were co-sponsored by CANHR in conjunction with Ombudsman Services of Northern California and Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County.
  • October 25: Prescott Cole was the Keynote Speaker at the California Senior Legislature Dinner in Sacramento.
  • October 25: Janis Carney, Esq. and Jennifer Burkett, MSW, both CANHR volunteers, distributed CANHR materials at the 19th Annual Adult Services Resource Fair in San Jose.
  • October 24: Claire Lomax, a CANHR volunteer, participated in Assemblymember Mary Hayashi's 2nd Annual Senior Health Fair at the San Leandro Senior Community Center.
  • October 19: Pauline Mosher headed the CANHR information table at the 26th Annual Marin County Senior Information Fair in San Rafael.
  • October 11: Tony Chicotel guest-lectured about the California legislative process at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.
  • October 4: Tony Chicotel presented a free webinar called "Determining Capacity, Determining Rights" for legal services attorneys and Ombudsman.
  • September 24: Pauline Mosher hosted a CANHR information booth at the Senior Health and Wellness Fair in San Mateo.
  • September 21: Tony Chicotel traveled to the motherlode country (Oakdale) to present on long-term care resident rights for various Ombudsman programs.
  • September 21: Pat McGinnis and Deborah Espinola presented a training on Medi-Cal and Elder Financial Abuse for Long Term Care Professionals at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco.
  • September 19: Mike Connors presented on the right to be free from chemical restraints at the annual conference of the Southern California Association of Activity Professionals in Temecula.
  • September 15: Prescott Cole presented at the Oakland SWAP training.
  • September 14: Pat McGinnis and Deborah Espinola presented a training on Medi-Cal and Elder Financial Abuse for Long Term Care Professionals at the California Endowment in Oakland.
  • September 9: Pat McGinnis presented a 3.5 hour MCLE training on Medi-Cal for Long Term Care to the Humboldt County Bar Association.
  • September 22 & September 23: Prescott Cole presented seminars on elder financial abuse at the National Adult Protective Services Conference in Buffalo, NY.
  • September 9, 2011: Pat McGinnis presented a 3.5 hour MCLE program , “Medi-Cal and Long Term Care” to the Humboldt County Bar Association.
  • August 29: Tony Chicotel presented on "Hot Topics in Long-term Care" to the San Diego Ombudsman program.
  • August 20: Tony Chicotel appeared on KGO San Francisco's "Consumer Talk" program to discuss what nursing home residents and their families should know about psychotropic drugs.
  • August 11: Tony Chicotel and Mike Connors attended a Comfort Care training for dementia care providers sponsored by the Ventura County Ombudsman program.
  • August 10: Volunteer, Claire Lomax participated in the 10th Annual Healthy Aging Fair in Hayward CA. Claire distributed information about CANHR, Medi-Cal and Resident's Rights.
  • August 5: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola trained HICAP staff and volunteers on CANHR Services, Long Term Care Medi-Cal and VA Aid and Attendance in Oakland, CA.
  • July 28: Tony Chicotel discussed chemical restraints and CANHR's up-coming dementia care symposia with the San Mateo County Ombudsman program.
  • July 28: Long Term Care Advocate Deborah Espinola participated in the "LGBT Older Adults in Assisted Living–Issues & Advocacy" webinar, hosted by the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • July 21: Long Term Care Advocates, Deborah Espinola and Pauline Mosher attended the San Francisco's In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority's "IHSS Under Pressure: Community Living at Risk" Conference.
  • July 20: Tony Chicotel traveled to Napa to train members of the Napa Coalition for Compassionate Care regarding POLST and capacity issues.
  • July 11: Tony Chicotel presented about powers of attorney and incapacity planning to residents of Channing House in Palo Alto.
  • July 9: Robert Martien gave a presentation on LGBT issues in long term care at a luncheon sponsored by the Lavender Seniors of the East Bay in San Leandro. Approximately 30 members of the LGBT senior community were in attendance.
  • June 23: Tony Chicotel attended the Legal Aid Association of California's regional meeting of senior legal services providers in Sacramento.
  • June 22: Tony Chicotel made a presentation to residents of Rossmoor Senior Retirement Community about advance directives and end-of-life care.
  • June 20: Tony Chicotel presented a webinar for OneJustice called "Dying with Your Boots On - Advance Healthcare Decision-making" June 16: Tony Chicotel attended the Legal Aid Association of California's regional meeting of senior legal services providers in San Francisco.
  • June 16: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, MSW presented to the Social Workers at the San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center about CANHR Services and Long Term Care Medi-Cal.
  • June 14: Tony Chicotel was interviewed on KPFK's "Access Unlimited" regarding CANHR's Campaign to End the Misuse of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes.
  • June 14: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola spoke to the participants of Senior Center Without Walls about CANHR Services via a telephone presentation.
  • June 8, 2011: Pat McGinnis presented on Medi-Cal and long term care updates to the Southern California Council of Elder Law Attorneys in Encino.
  • May 26: Tony Chicotel made a presentation about family councils and communicating with long-term care facility staff to a caregiver support group at Bay Area Community Services.
  • May 20: Volunteer, Claire Lomax attended the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiving and Wellness Forum on Healthy Aging III, at the West Oakland Senior Center on behalf of CANHR.
  • May 20: Tony Chicotel presented at the Adult Abuse Prevention Council’s 19th annual Elder Abuse Prevention Seminar in Paso Robles. The presentation was called “Hiding Grandma and Grandpa: Using Legal Documents to Isolate the Elderly.”
  • May 18: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola presented on CANHR Services to the clients and volunteers of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center in San Jose.
  • May 17: Prescott Cole was the Keynote Speaker for the Lake and Mendocino Counties’ Financial Abuse Prevention Conference.
  • May 17: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola presented a workshop for the staff of the Family Caregiver Alliance on Long Term Care Medi-Cal in San Francisco.
  • May 11: Volunteer, Claire Lomax attended the 29th Annual Senior Information and Health Faire in Richmond, CA on behalf of CANHR.
  • May 11: Pat McGinnis and Prescott Cole presented at the Ombudsman Spring Conference in Sacramento on Medi-Cal for Long Term Care and Elder Financial Abuse
  • May 10: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola participated in a National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) webinar on LGBT Older Adults.
  • May 9: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola attended the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly (CASE) meeting in San Francisco.
  • April 26: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola participated in an Assisted Living Consumer Alliance (ALCA) webinar focused on the document “Characteristics of a Community Based Setting” written by ALCA.
  • April 15: Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel headed down to San Bernardino to provide training to the staff of Inland County Legal Services on “Current Issues in Elder Law: Legal Decision-making and Financial Abuse.”
  • April 15: Pat McGinnis was a guest presenter at a Forum on The Special Needs of LGBT Seniors in Stockton, sponsored by the Department of Aging in San Joaquin County
  • April 12: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola participated in a webinar on how to use LawHelpCA.org, presented by One Justice.
  • April 7: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola participated in a Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) webinar on California’s 1115 Medi-Cal Demonstration Waiver--Medi-Cal Changes for Seniors, presented by the National Health Law Program.
  • April 5: Tony Chicotel traveled to Eskaton senior residences in Sacramento to make a presentation on psychotropic drugs and the elderly.
  • April 1: Pat McGinnis and Deborah Espinola presented a training on Medi-Cal and Long Term Care to social workers and members of CANHR’s Social Worker Advocacy Program (SWAP) in Pasadena.
  • March 31: Prescott Cole presented a financial abuse training at the Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) San Francisco elder abuse symposium
  • March 24: Tony Chicotel presented about the misuse of psychotropic drugs in nursing homes at the “Toxic Medicine” Symposium in Oxnard. The event addressed the problems of psychotropic drugs and alternative methods of care to about 250 long-term care providers, advocates, and state licensing staff. Mike Connors also attend the event which was co-sponsored by CANHR.
  • March 16, April 20 and May 17: Mike Connors participated in family council meetings at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
  • March 11: Tony Chicotel presented at the 10th annual, “Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation” (SAFE) seniors event in Modesto. He spoke about the importance of incapacity planning and potential misuses of powers of attorney and conservatorships
  • March 3: Pat McGinnis was a guest at the annual Aging Services Public Policy VIP luncheon in Sacramento
  • February 22: Tony Chicotel presented a long-term care Medi-Cal and elder abuse awareness session for the Senior Survival School at the Senior Center at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
  • February 22: Pat McGinnis testified at the Assembly Aging & Long Term Care Committee hearing on elder abuse in California.
  • February 21: Mike Connors, Long Term Care Advocate, was a guest speaker for a Policy & Aging class at Cal State Long Beach.
  • February 15: Tony Chicotel trained staff members of Stanford University Hospital about the laws of nursing home evictions.
  • February 12: Prescott Cole presented a long-term care Medi-Cal and elder financial abuse awareness session to the Alameda OWL Chapter.
  • February 10: Prescott Cole presented a long-term care Medi-Cal and elder financial abuse awareness session to the JFK Law School and Contra Costa County Bar’s Elder Law Training.
  • February 9: Pat McGinnis presented a CANHR- sponsored webinar on Medi-Cal Recovery Rights and Remedies for legal services program staff.
  • February 7: Prescott Cole represented CANHR at the AARP/SCAN Foundation’s long-term care stakeholders meeting in Sacramento.
  • February 3: Tony Chicotel led a discussion about conservatorship defense issues for the San Francisco Bioethics Forum.
  • February 2: Tony Chicotel made a presentation about conservatorship defense to the Elder Law, Conservatorship & Guardianship Committee of the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers.
  • January 24: Tony Chicotel traveled to San Diego to train the crackerjack staff of Elder Law & Advocacy on conservatorships.
  • January 21: Tony Chicotel provided two presentations at an Alameda County Area Agency on Aging roundtable. He spoke about CANHR services and chemical restraints in nursing homes.
  • January 9: Tony Chicotel was a guest on KUSF radio personality Maggie Dee’s “Disability and Senior News Report,” He spoke about the epidemic of psychotropic drugs in California nursing homes.
2010
  • December 15, February 16: Advocate Mike Connors participated in family council meetings at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
  • December 13: Prescott Cole represented CANHR at the AARP/SCAN Foundation’s long-term care stakeholders meeting in Sacramento.
  • December 8: Tony Chicotel participated in the Legal Aid Association of California’s annual Traveling Training in Sacramento. He made a presentation entitled “Building the Perfect Advance Health Care Directive.”
  • December 8: Pat McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, testified at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Forum, “Until There’s a Cure: How to Help Alzheimer’s Patients and Families NOW.”
  • December 3: Prescott Cole presented a financial abuse awareness session to six hundred seniors at Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s annual “Seniors on the Move” event in South San Francisco.
  • December 2: Tony Chicotel co-presented a webinar sponsored by the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance. His topic was psychotropic drugs and informed consent for assisted living residents.
  • November 19 & 20: CANHRs 14th annual Elder Law Conference in Monterey attracted over 275 participants and included a special litigation intensive for legal services program staff.
  • November 17: Tony Chicotel provided a free webinar for Ombudsman programs called Law School for Ombudsman.
  • November 16 Tony Chicotel traveled to Orange County to give training about POLSTs and other health care decision-making issues for local Ombudsman and legal services providers. Ursula McGuire, SAN Board Member and 2010 Senior of the Year, with Angela Donnelly, Senator Mark Leno and Terry Donnelly
  • November 11: Prescott Cole made financial abuse awareness presentation at the National Adult Protective Services Association convention in San Diego.
  • November 11: Pat McGinnis presented on VA Aid and Attendance and elder financial abuse at the National Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation sponsored by the National Adult Protective Services Association in San Diego.
  • November 10: Mike Connors and Tony Chicotel co-presented a webinar regarding the drugging of California nursing home residents. The webinar was free for Long-Term Care Ombudsman program staff.
  • November 4: Pat McGinnis presented a one-hour webinar on Medi-Cal Recovery issues to California Long term Care Ombudsmen.
  • October 27 Terry Donelly, CANHR CCRC consultan presented at CALCRA in Sacramento, about Quality Assurance Tax, Legislation Collaborations, and CANHRs vision for the future.
  • October 27 Staff attorney Yvonne Li attended the quarterly API (Asian Pacific Islander) Elder Abuse Task Force meeting held at the offices Asian Paci ic Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco.
  • October 27 CANHR held their annual Fall Social Worker Training at the Sobrato Community Conference Center in San Jose. Fifty community professionals participated in the training entitled Medi-Cal for Long Term Care Professionals. Terry Donnelly and Deborah Espinola host a table a the Senior Action Networks 20th anniversary
  • October 21: Tony Chicotel presented a webinar on conservatorships for the Legal Aid Association of Californias regular armchair training series.
  • October 20 Pat McGinnis presented a CANHR- sponsored training on Medi-Cal for Long Term Care Professionals to California social workers and discharge planners at the California Endowment in Oakland, CA.
  • October 16: Prescott Cole was invited to make after dinner remarks at the Annual California Senior Legislature Dinner in Sacramento.
  • October 15: Pat McGinnis was a guest lecturer at the RCFE Administrator Certification Program sponsored by San Francisco State University.
  • October 14: Deborah Espnola, Long Term Care Advocate, attended and shared information about CANHR at the Senior Action Networks 20th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco.
  • October 6: A CANHR volunteer attended the 18th Annual Adult Services Resource Fair at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose. She spearheaded the CANHR information booth at the event.
  • September 29: Pat McGinnis and Deborah Esp nola, attended a presentation on The Affordable Care Act, put together by the New America Foundation. Speakers included Herb K. Schultz from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and speakers from California Department of Managed Health Care, the Consumers Union and Blue Shield of California.
  • September 25: Pauline Mosher, CANHR staff, headed CANHRs information booth at the Senior Health and Wellness Fair at the San Mateo Senior Center.
  • September 15, October 10, October 20, and November 17: Advocate Mike Connors participated in family council meetings at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
  • September 1st and September 2nd Tony Chicotel presented at the Ombudsman Services of Northern California annual retreat. He gave a keynote address about the importance and responsibility of advocacy and a separate presentation on the issue of drugging in nursing homes.
  • August 30: Advocate Mike Connors traveled to Baltimore to participate in a meeting with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss changes needed to its Nursing Home Compare system under the federal health reform law.
  • August 10: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, MSW, and Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel took part in a national online training “Inspections of Assisted Living Facilities” hosted by the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • August 9: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, MSW, spoke to a group of seniors at the San Mateo Senior Center about CANHR services and planning for out of home placement.
  • July 26: Staff attorney Yvonne Li attended the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hosted by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability and Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, at San Francisco City Hall.
  • July 21: Claire Lomax, a CANHR volunteer, attended the 9th Annual Healthy Aging Fair in Hayward, CA. Claire distributed information about CANHR and long term care issues at this event hosted by the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging.
  • July 16: Carol Peters, Esq, a CANHR, volunteer attended and distributed information about elder abuse and long term care at the Van Nuys “Women and Financial Literacy Workshop and Resource Fair” hosted by Assembly Member Bob Blumenfield, along with State Controller John Chiang, Senator Alex Padilla, Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes and School Board Member Nury Martinez.
  • July 16: Prescott made a presentation on Financial Elder Abuse at the Santa Cruz Bar luncheon.
  • July 8 : Tony Chicotel traveled down to Los Angeles to train a group of Ombudsmen on nursing home resident rights. The presentation included a special focus on residents’ rights to refuse treatment and to not be held against their will.
  • July 7: Pat McGinnis addressed the luncheon meeting of the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers on health care reform and its impact on long term care.
  • June 18: Prescott Cole made a presentation on Financial Elder Abuse at the annual Legal Aid for Seniors Conference.
  • June 16, July 21, and August 18: Advocate Mike Connors participated in family council meetings at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
  • June 16: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, spoke to the Family Council at Windsor Manor Rehabilitation Center of Concord about family council rights.
  • June 10: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, MSW spoke to Residential Services Coordinators at the Martin Luther Towers in San Francisco about CANHR services and long term care placement.
  • June 9: Prescott Cole conducted a LAAC Webinar on Reverse Mortgage Financial Abuse.
  • June 2: Prescott Cole participated in the annual LAAC Steering Committee Meeting.
  • May 24: Tony Chicotel traveled to Chico and took part in "Senior Law Day." He discussed advance health care decision making to interested members of the public.
  • May 18: Prescott Cole presented to the County Public Guardian in Santa Clara.
  • May 18: Tony Chicotel trained the staff of Legal Assistance for Seniors in Oakland about assessing and addressing mental capacity issues for elderly clients.
  • May 13:Tony Chicotel discussed health care decision making for "unrepresented" residents of California nursing homes at the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Coordinator Conference in Sacramento.
  • May 7: Prescott Cole spoke for the Central California Legal Services “Elder Financial Abuse Awareness Day”, in Fresno.
  • May 4: Prescott Cole presented to the County Court Investigators about financial elder abuse in San Francisco.
  • April 29-30:Prescott Cole Attended the California Elder Justice Workgroup Statewide Summit in San Francisco.
  • April 28, and May 4: Tony Chicotel traveled to Shields Nursing Center in Richmond to train staff members on health care decision-making, evictions, and nursing home resident rights. The trainings were part of the staff's in-service training program.
  • April 23: Pat McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, was an invited speaker at the Health Journalism 2010 Conference in Chicago, hosted by the Association of Health Care Journalists.
  • April 22: Prescott Cole participated in the Department of Insurance Senior Task Force meeting in Sacramento.
  • April 19: Prescott Cole discussed Medi-Cal and elder abuse at the Oakhurst Senior Center.
  • April 14: Deborah Espinola presented to caregivers at the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center about financial considerations for long-term care Medi-Cal, and long term care insurance.
  • April 13: Prescott Cole presented about reverse mortgage abuse to professional case managers at S.F. Institute on Aging.
  • April 6: Prescott Cole spoke at a training for statewide court employees about financial elder abuse.
  • March 25: Deborah Espinola discussed long term care Medi-Cal and spousal impoverishment at the VA Memorial Hall in Vacaville to Veterans Affairs social workers.
  • March 26 : Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, spoke to the Latino community about Elder Abuse, at the Mission Neighborhood Center in San Francisco. The Elder Financial Protection Network organized the event.
  • March 25: Prescott Cole presented at the EFPN Call to Action, in San Francisco about reverse mortgages.
  • May 24: Deborah Espinola visited the Santa Clara Senior Center to Present about Long Term Care to a group of seniors.
  • March 17, April 21, and May 19: Advocate Mike Connors participated in family council meetings at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
  • March 16: Tony Chicotel presented a webinar to CANHR's Social Worker Advocacy Program (SWAP) members. The webinar covered conservatorship basics.
  • February 25: Pat McGinnis presented on The Status of Long Term Care in California at the first of three Trust Protection Seminars hosted by O'Donnell & Associates in Menlo Park.
  • February 23: Prescott Cole conducted an Alameda County District Attorney Consumer Fraud Training to Financial Abuse prosecutors, investigators and staff.
  • February 16: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole presented to San Mateo County HICAP on financial elder abuse scams.
  • February 12: Mike Connors spoke to the Elder Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association on nursing home evictions and drugging problems in nursing homes.
  • February 9: Tony Chicotel gave a presentation in San Jose at a joint meeting of the Santa Clara, Monterey, and Santa Cruz County Ombudsman programs. The presentation focused on health care decision making laws, including informed consent, surrogacy, and incapacity.
  • February 4: Mike Connors conducted a training for ombudsman staff and volunteers in Los Angeles on resident rights concerning psychoactive drugs and informed consent
  • February 2: Tony Chicotel and law clerk Nicole Platt provided legal research training to the San Mateo County Ombudsman staff. The training is designed to assist Ombudsmen identify long-term care laws and regulations to assist in their important work.
  • January 22: Prescott Cole gave a presentation to 54 attendees at the Santa Clara County Court Employees Continuing Education Forum. The attendees were Public Guardians, Public Administrators, Public Defenders, Superior Court personnel and court investigators. This presentation gave an overview of California's Medi-Cal long-term care program, problems with recommending reverse mortgages, and "trust mill" type activity around the Veterans Aid and Assistance program.
  • January 20: Mike Connors spoke to the Motion Picture Home Family Council in Woodland Hills about residents' rights.
  • January 13 - February 17: Tony Chicotel presented four webinars as part of his annual series for legal services programs. The webinars were given at noon on alternating Wednesdays and covered the topics of POLSTs and health care decision making, conservatorships, dealing with clients who lack capacity, and locked door long term care facilities.
  • January 12: Long Term Care Advocate Hannah Knafo gave a presentation on Medi-Cal for Long Term Care at the Mastick Senior Center in Albany.
  • January 6: Tony Chicotel attended the quarterly meeting of the Marin County Elder Abuse Task Force and made a presentation on elder abuse in the long-term care system and the plight of unrepresented patients.
  • January 6: Tony Chicotel participated in a Family Council meeting at Creekside Health Care Center in San Pablo. He made a brief presentation about health care decision-making and then discussed a number of resident rights issues, including staffing, theft and loss, and personal choices.
2009
  • December 10: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel provided a webinar training to over 200 legal services providers as part of the Legal Aid Association of California's "Armchair Training" series. The presentation covered California conservatorships.
  • December 8: Tony Chicotel present a training for Napa and Solano County Ombudsman and legal services providers. The topic of the presentation was health care decision making laws and issues.
  • December 2: Tony Chicotel provided a webinar training to CANHR's social worker "SWAP" members. The training was about evictions from California long-term care facilities including nursing homes, assisted living, and acute care hospitals.
  • November 21: CANHR’s one-day fall attorney training on Medi-Cal and Long Term Care Planning was presented at the Portola Plaza in Monterey with over 150 private bar and legal services attorneys attending.
  • November 19: Prescott Cole was a panelist at the EFPN Senior Financial Abuse Awareness symposium in Walnut Creek.
  • November 18: Pat McGinnis presented a session on long term care issues at the Oakland/AAAP California Eldercare Initiative forum.
  • November 18: Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel presented at the Fresno legal services traveling training sponsored by the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC).
  • November 12: Michael Connors conducted a training for staff and volunteers of the Ventura County Ombudsman Program on resident rights regarding psychoactive drugs and informed consent.
  • November 10: Hannah Knafo attended a Caregiver Support Group meeting at the Alzheimer’s Association in Santa Rosa about Medi-Cal and CANHR services.
  • November 10 &17: CANHR hosted a two-part Webinar series for legal services staff and private bar attorneys on Medi-Cal Basics, presented by Matt O’Donnell and Tim Millar.
  • November 9: Hannah Knafo and a CANHR volunteer attended the Peninsula Stroke Association Resource Fair and distributed information about long term care.
  • November 6: Deborah Espinola distributed information about long term care at the 1st Annual Excelsior Community Resource Event sponsored by the Asian and Pacific Islander Community Partnership and the Department of Aging and Adult Services.
  • November 5: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel presented at the biannual Ombudsman coordinators meeting in Sacramento. The topic was California health care decision making laws and issues.
  • November 4: CANHR hosted a webinar for legal services and private bar attorneys on The Other VA Benefits, presented by Tom Clewis, Esq.
  • November 4: Prescott Cole spoke to the Gold Country Estate Planning Counsel in Nevada City about financial abuse and reverse mortgages.
  • November 2: Prescott Cole conducted a continuing education session on financial elder abuse for the Santa Clara County Court Clerks.
  • October 29: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole made a presentation to the Department of Insurance Senior Task Force in San Francisco.
  • October 28: CANHR volunteers Claire Lomax and Carol Lewis attended the Newark Health Faire and distributed CANHR fact sheets and materials.
  • October 28: CANHR hosted a webinar for legal services and private bar attorneys on POLST and Advance Health Care Directives, presented by Tony Chicotel, CANHR staff attorney.
  • October 27: Terry Donnelly spoke to the CALCRA group at Lake Park Retirement Residence about their rights as CCRC Residents. Deborah Espinola attended the presentation and distributed information about CANHR and residents’ rights.
  • October 22: Maura Gibney attended Jan Perry’s Senior Luncheon in Los Angeles and distributed information about CANHR.
  • October 22: Pat McGinnis presented information about 2009 long term care legislation at the League of Women Voters’ luncheon in San Jose.
  • October 20: Nine members of the State Attorney General's Bureau of Elder Abuse traveled to the CANHR offices for a training on enforcing nursing home resident rights by prosecutors. The training was provided by staff attorney Tony Chicotel.
  • October 19:Prescott Cole went to Merced to participate in the Governor’s AB 329 Reverse Mortgage Bill signing ceremony.
  • October 15: Pat McGinnis presented information about CANHR at the CALCRA Board of Director’s meeting at San Francisco Towers.
  • October 14: Long Term Care Advocate Hannah Knafo presented information about Medi-Cal for service providers for seniors at the Community Information Program in Belmont.
  • September 29: Deborah Espinola, participated in a training, coordinated by Planning for Elders on In-Home Support Services Appeals. Presenters included attorneys from Bay Area Legal Aid and Disability Rights California.
  • September 24: Tony Chicotel provided a training about nursing home evictions called "The Unsavory World of Nursing Home Evictions" at Disability Rights California's annual Patients' Rights Advocacy Training in Foster City.
  • September 23: Tony Chicotel attended a meeting of the Sacramento County Ombudsmen and gave a presentation on advance health care decision making, including POLSTs.
  • September 16: Deborah Espinola, Long Term Care Advocate, attended the 8th Annual Healthy Aging Fair in Hayward. She distributed information about CANHR and long term care.
  • September 16: Prescott Cole was a panelist at the EFPN Elder Financial Abuse Conference in Long Beach.
  • September 10: Tony Chicotel participated in a panel discussion on seniors and long-term care legal issues on radio station KPFK in Los Angeles. The discussion was part of the station's regular weekly show "The Lawyer's Guild" with host Jim Lafferty.
  • August 22: Pat McGinnis presented on “What You Should Know About Long Term Care Options” at the Avenidas Annual Caregiver Conference in Mountain View.
  • July 21: Deborah Espinola attended a meeting of the Alameda County Ombudsmen to discuss CANHR services.
  • July 14: Long Term Care Advocate, Deborah Espinola, participated in a conference call presentation for Senior Centers Without Walls, discussing CANHR services.
  • June 23: Hannah Knafo spoke to a group of volunteers at the Santa Clara Alzheimer’s Association about Long Term Care Medi-Cal and how to use CANHR services and tools.
  • June 18: Pat McGinnis presented on Medi-Cal for Long Term Care at the "Taking Care of Tomorrow" workshop in Red Bluff, sponsored by Passages and Legal Services of Northern California.
  • June 9: Pat McGinnis spoke to the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Probate & Estate Planning Section about the DRA updates, Medi-Cal and Long Term Care.
  • June 8: Prescott Cole made a two-hour financial abuse presentation in Long Beach to the Board of the Retired Government Employees Union.
  • June 5 & 6: CANHR’s annual Elder Law Conference was held at the Hyatt Hotel in Long Beach
  • June 2: Long Term Care Advocate, Hannah Knafo, spoke to a caregiver support group at the Santa Cruz Alzheimer’s Association about Long Term Care Medi-Cal and CANHR services.
  • May 30: Hannah Knafo and Deborah Espinola represented CANHR at the Valley Caregivers Association meeting in Fresno, where they spoke about planning for incapacity, home care versus long-term care, Medi-Cal, and In-Home Supportive Services.
  • May 28: Pat McGinnis co-presented a Webinar hosted by NCCNHR for the National Citizen Advocacy Group on nursing home ownership and transparency issues.
  • May 27: Pat McGinnis participated in a panel discussion on Healthcare in the Bay Area, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.
  • May 26: Deborah Espinola spoke to the Sonoma County HICAP and Ombudsman program staff and volunteers about CANHR services, RCFE and Nursing Home issues and family councils.
  • May 20: Prescott Cole presented at the Nevada County District Attorneys Elder Law Outreach.
  • May 19: Volunteer Claire Lomax represented CANHR at the 27th Annual Senior Information and Health Fair in Oakland.
  • May 19: Tony Chicotel presented a Webinar for the national Assisted Living Consumer Alliance on arbitration agreements in Assisted Living facilities, which Deborah Espinola moderated.
  • May 16: Deborah Espinola gave a presentation to the Santa Clara Family Support Group on family councils.
  • May 15: Deborah Espinola represented CANHR at the Wellness Forum on Healthy Aging in West Oakland.
  • May 14: Prescott Cole spoke at the Napa County Legal Aid Elder Law Luncheon.
  • May 8: Prescott Cole presented at the Senior Law Day in Fresno sponsored by Central California Legal Services on the topic of elder financial abuse.
  • May 7: Prescott Cole participated in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office news conference in support of AB 768 (Torres), which expands the definitions of elder abuse.
  • May 5: Long Term Care Advocate Mike Connors spoke at the Mount Carmel Senior Citizens Center in Los Angeles on long term care and CANHR services.
  • April 29: Prescott Cole was a guest on “Your Legal Rights,” KALW Radio, speaking about reverse mortgages.
  • April 25: Deborah Espinola attended the African American Caregivers Forum in Oakland where she presented information on CANHR services, long-term care and Medi-Cal.
  • April 22: Deborah Espinola spoke to the Mission Dolores Tenant Association, sponsored by the San Francisco Housing Authority, about CANRH services and Medi-Cal.
  • April 13: Long Term Care Advocate Deborah Espinola attended the Citywide Council for Seniors and Disabled meeting in San Francisco, where she spoke on CANHR services and nursing home reform.
  • April 7: Prescott Cole made a presentation at Golden Gate University’s School of Law “Elder Law Night.”
  • April 6: Prescott Cole spoke at San Francisco State University on the subject of estate planning and elder financial abuse.
  • April 3: Pat McGinnis presented at the CCGG Annual Conference at Cal State University Northridge on legislative advocacy.
  • April 1: Tony Chicotel traveled to Ukiah and spoke to the Mendocino County Department of Social Services on skilled nursing facility evictions.
  • March 31: For the final installment of CANHR’s free webinars for legal services staff members, Tony Chicotel spoke about Resident Rights Issues in Long-Term Care Facilities.
  • March 26: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole spoke on a panel at the EFPN conference in San Francisco on the topic of reverse mortgage suitability.
  • March 18 and March 25: CANHR hosted a two-part Webinar series for private bar attorneys on Medi-Cal Basics, with sessions led by Matt O’Donnell and Tim Millar.
  • March 25: CANHR volunteers Karen Wong and June Sugar represented CANHR at the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Conference “Understanding Memory Loss, Flexible Approaches.” The volunteers handed out CANHR materials and fact sheets and spoke to conference participants about long term care reform.
  • March 23: Tony Chicotel provided training to the San Diego County Ombudsman staff and volunteers regarding informed consent and health care interventions in nursing homes and RCFEs.
  • March 21: Long Term Care Advocate Hannah Knafo spoke about CANHR’s legislative agenda, nursing home issues and Medi-Cal at the Santa Clara Family Support Group at the Campbell Senior Center.
  • March 16: For the third installment of the four-part Webinar for legal services staff members Tony Chicotel spoke on the subject of Eviction Issues in Long-Term Care Facilities.
  • March 2: In the second session of a four-part series of CANHR-sponsored, free Webinar trainings for legal services staff members, Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel discussed Informed Consent in Nursing Homes.
  • February 27: Tony Chicotel spoke at a training for Inland County Legal Services in Los Angeles, where he presented on the subject of conservatorships and nursing home residents’ rights.
  • February 19: Pat McGinnis spoke at the Paradise Valley Estates CALCRA meeting on the subject of upcoming legislation affecting Continuing Care Retirement Communities.
  • February 19: Prescott Cole presented on reverse mortgages at the Aging Services Los Padres regional meeting.
  • February 17: CANHR sponsored a free Webinar training, led by Tony Chicotel, for legal services staff members on Healthcare Decision Making in California.
  • February 12: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole presented a Medi-Cal training to Adult Protective Services staff in San Francisco.
  • February 11: Pat McGinnis presented on a panel on “Advocacy and the Public Interest” at the 2009 Aging Services Public Policy Conference in Sacramento.
  • February 9: Deborah Espinola spoke at the Family Caregiver Alliance Spanish Support Group in San Francisco on the topic of CANHR services, incapacity issues, and Medi-Cal.
  • February 9: Long Term Care Advocate Mike Connors spoke to the SEIU Local 347 Retirees Club in Los Angeles about CANHR services and long term care issues.
  • February 6: Deborah Espinola presented to Alameda County HICAP volunteer counselors in Oakland on the topic of CANHR services and Medi-Cal for Long Term Care.
  • January 29: Prescott Cole spoke on reverse mortgages at the Northern California Aging Services regional meeting.
  • January 28: Executive Director Pat McGinnis and Long Term Care Advocate Deborah Espinola presented a workshop on long term care issues for the Western Region Chapter of the National Association of Geriatric Case Managers at Alma Via in San Francisco.
  • January 20: Tony Chicotel provided a training to the McGeorge School of Law’s Civil Practice Clinic. The topic was enforcing nursing home resident rights, with a focus on adequate staffing and evictions.
2008
  • November 19: Tony Chicotel traveled to Riverside to present to the Legal Aid Association of California’s "Traveling Training" on fighting conservatorships and other defense issues.
  • November 15: CANHR hosted another 2008 Fall Attorney Training for legal professionals on the topic of Medi–Cal, the DRA and Planning Strategies, this time at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey.
  • November 14: Prescott Cole presented at the Santa Clara County Senior Fair, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, on the issue of financial elder abuse.
  • November 13: A webinar for all California Ombudsman, hosted by Tony Chicotel, was held on the topic evictions from nursing homes, RCFEs, and hospitals.
  • November 12: Hannah Knafo gave a presentation on Medi–Cal and CANHR services to the Villages Retirement Community in San Jose.
  • November 12: Deborah Espinola represented CANHR at the Institute on Aging’s Cornerstones of Care Conference in San Francisco.
  • November 10: Long Term Care Advocate Hannah Knafo spoke at the San Francisco Housing Authority about CANHR services.
  • November 10: Deborah Espinola represented CANHR at the 8th Annual Seniors Celebrating Life Luncheon in Los Angeles, sponsored by Councilwoman Jan Perry.
  • November 8: CANHR hosted a 2008 Fall Attorney Training for legal professionals on the topic of Medi–Cal, the DRA and Planning Strategies in Burbank at the PickWick Gardens Conference Center.
  • November 7: Pat McGinnis presented at the Beverly Hills Bar Association on the DRA and the upcoming changes in Medi–Cal laws.
  • November 7: Deborah Espinola attended the WISE Senior Center Action Fair in Los Angeles, hosted by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel.
  • November 5: Tony Chicotel attended a Family Council meeting at Creekside Health Care Center in San Pablo. He gave a one hour presentation on elder abuse and resident rights.
  • November 4: Pat McGinnis conducted a free Webinar training for all California Ombudsman programs on the issue of Medi–Cal for Long Term Care.
  • October 29: Deborah Espinola and Hannah Knafo represented CANHR at the Newark Senior Fair.
  • October 24: Prescott Cole was on a Reverse Mortgage Scams panel at the National Consumer Law Center Conference in Portland, OR.
  • October 21: CANHR sponsored another Webinar training for long term care social workers, this time on the topic of evictions from nursing homes, RCFEs, and hospitals with a focus on resident and patient rights, led by Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel.
  • October 20: Prescott Cole gave a speech on elder abuse at the California Senior Legislation Opening Session in Sacramento.
  • October 18: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole attended the Fresno Law Symposium and spoke about financial elder abuse.
  • October 17: Pat McGinnis lectured at San Francisco State University’s Long Term Care Administration Program on RCFE regulations.
  • October 15: Pat McGinnis spoke to the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program in Sacramento on CANHR services and Medi–Cal for long term care.
  • October 15: Maura Gibney represented CANHR at the Willowbrook Senior Fair in Los Angeles.
  • October 14: CANHR sponsored a Webinar training for long term care social workers on the topic of Medi–Cal for Long Term Care, led by Pat McGinnis.
  • October 11: Prescott Cole presented information on Medi–Cal for long term care to the New Bethel Church in Richmond.
  • October 8: Hannah Knafo and Deborah Espinola represented CANHR at the Senior Action Network 17th Annual Convention.
  • October 2: Pat McGinnis attended the Legal Aid Association of California Conference in San Francisco.
  • September 27: Pat McGinnis spoke to the Santa Clara County Family Support Group on legislative changes and pending budget cuts to aging services.
  • September 27: Special Projects Manager Maura Gibney represented CANHR at the Mt. Carmel Senior Fair in Los Angeles.
  • September 25: Long Term Care Advocate Deborah Espinola spoke at the 7th Avenue Senior Center in San Francisco about CANHR services and RCFE placement.
  • September 24: Pat McGinnis and Deborah Espinola attended the Consumer Advocacy Coalition meeting with Community Care Licensing in Sacramento.
  • September 19: Executive Director Pat McGinnis presented to the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging on how to find and finance nursing home care and how to advocate for quality care.
  • September 17: Long Term Care Advocate Mike Connors attended the California Healthcare Association all day training in Los Angeles.
  • August 26: Pat McGinnis gave a presentation for the staff at the Family Caregiver Alliance in San Francisco on Medi–Cal, nursing home issues, placement issues and the California budget.
  • August 26: Pat McGinnis and Deborah Espinola attended the Advocacy Coalition meeting with Community Care Licensing and the Senate Health Committee hearing in Sacramento.
  • August 20: Prescott Cole led a discussion on financial abuse scams that occur in senior centers for the California Parks and Recreation Society in Novato.
  • August 16: Executive Director Pat McGinnis was a speaker at the Fourth Annual Caregiver Conference in Mountain View. Ms. McGinnis discussed long term care living options.
  • August 13: Prescott Cole participated in a round table discussion at the PEEC/Elder Economic Security Project about reverse mortgage abuses.
  • August 8: Prescott Cole addressed the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office on the subject of Elder Financial Abuse.
  • July 29: Prescott Cole and Deborah Espinola presented a training on long term care issues to the San Francisco VA Medical Center Social Workers.
  • July 28: Prescott Cole gave a presentation to the Alameda County Transportation Authority on the subject of financial abuse.
  • July 24: Tony Chicotel delivered a training presentation at the Oakland office of Protection & Advocacy, Inc., on the issue of protecting nursing home residents from illegal evictions. The training was carried to PAI’s other offices throughout the state via closed circuit camera.
  • July 19: Long term care advocates Deborah Espinola and Hannah Knafo spoke to family members and residents at Parkview Healthcare Center in Hayward on the basics of family councils: purpose, rights, and how to make it effective. They handed out family council and resident rights fact sheets, as well as CANHR’s family council DVDs.
  • July 17: CANHR Board member and CFP Tim Millar led a free CANHR–sponsored webinar for legal services staff on the topic of reverse mortgages.
  • July 11: Mike Connors gave a presentation on CANHR services for the Center for Health Care Rights in Los Angeles.
  • July 10: CANHR sponsored a free webinar for legal services staff on the topic of Frequently Asked Questions: Special Needs Trusts. Attorney Peter Stern led the discussion.
  • June 25: Tony Chicotel presented a free webinar to legal services staff on the issue of conservatorships.
  • June 23: Deborah Espinola participated in an Assisted Living Consumer Alliance webinar focused on assisted living issues in other states.
  • June 18: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel traveled to the Greenridge Senior Care Family Council meeting in El Sobrante and discussed the use of restraints in nursing homes. Tony also answered various questions about resident rights and decision making issues.
  • June 12: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole gave a presentation for the Northern California Fair Housing Coalition in San Francisco on the subject of reverse mortgage scams.
  • June 7: Long term care advocate Mike Connors presented on residents’ rights at the Pathways to Justice conference in Los Angeles.
  • May 5: Prescott Cole participated as a facilitator for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance’s round table on economic challenges facing Bay Area seniors.
  • May 5 & 6: Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel presented at the Legal Aid Society’s Elder Abuse Conference in Oakland.
  • May 7: Prescott Cole spoke at the Mother Lode Elder Abuse Awareness Conference in Amador County about nursing home neglect and financial elder abuse.
  • May 20: Deborah Espinola and fellow Long Term Care Advocate Hannah Knafo represented CANHR at the Richmond Senior Fair, answering questions on Medi–Cal and Recovery.
  • May 22: CANHR hosted a free Webinar training for social workers on Medi–Cal for long term care. Executive Director Pat McGinnis led the discussion.
  • May 22: Pat McGinnis conducted a training for the Legal Aid Association of California on Long Term Care Medi–Cal and Recovery.
  • May 28: Pat McGinnis was the guest speaker at the Justice for Seniors in Nursing Care Conference sponsored by the Association of African American Professionals in Los Angeles.
  • May 29: Prescott Cole spoke at the Elder Abuse Consortium’s Elder Abuse Awareness Rally on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall.
  • May 30: Prescott Cole was a keynote speaker for Napa County’s "Scam Buster" Program.
  • April 3–4: Prescott Cole was a keynote speaker for the Nevada County District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Awareness Outreach Program.
  • April 10: Mike Connors led a California State University at Long Beach Social Policy and Aging class on long term care policy issues.
  • April 10 & 24: Deborah Espinola participated in a series of on–line trainings sponsored by the Legal Aid Association of California on various topics pertaining to long term care.
  • April 12: Deborah Espinola represented CANHR at the Senior Health Fair in San Jose, providing consumers with information on Medi–Cal and Recovery.
  • April 15: Prescott Cole taught a University of San Francisco Law School class on the laws of elder abuse.
  • April 21: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel lectured at an SFSU gerontology class on the topics of nursing home resident rights, evictions and medical decision making for people with cognitive disabilities.
  • April 22: Prescott Cole spoke at the Alameda County Adult Protective Services/FAST Conference on seniors and reverse mortgages.
  • April 22: Mike Connors conducted a training for the Orange County Ombudsman Program on eviction rights of nursing home and RCFE residents.
  • April 26: Administrative Assistant Gina Chicotel attended the North Oakland Senior Fair, where she provided consumers with information on Medi–Cal and Recovery.
  • March 8: Deborah Espinola represented CANHR at a resource fair focusing on issues of interest to seniors, hosted by District Attorney Kamala D. Harris and Assembly Whip Fiona Ma, in San Francisco.
  • March 11: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole was interviewed for CNBC radio on the issue of reverse mortgage scams.
  • March 14: Prescott Cole spoke at the Modesto SEAPA Elder Abuse Conference on the topic of nursing home neglect and financial elder abuse.
  • March 18: Long Term Care Advocate Mike Connors presented at the Pasadena Senior Commission Conference on selecting a nursing home and residents’ rights.
  • March 19: Prescott Cole participated in the Insurance Commissioner’s Senior Task Force meeting.
  • March 22: Pat McGinnis and Deborah Espinola presented information on Long Term Care Medi–Cal during the Santa Clara Family Support Group meeting.
  • February 28: Patricia McGinnis attended the RCFE Advocacy Coalition at Community Care Licensing in Sacramento.
  • February 21: Patricia McGinnis and Prescott Cole attended a luncheon sponsored by Aging Services of California in Sacramento.
  • February 21: Patricia McGinnis and Prescott Cole represented consumers at the Culture Change Coalition meeting in Sacramento.
  • February 20: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel conducted a training at the Santa Clara Ombudsman’s office on the subject of nursing home resident rights and evictions. In attendance were members of the Santa Clara and San Mateo County Ombudsman offices and legal services attorneys from Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA).
  • February 20: Prescott Cole testified to the Senate Insurance Committee on life settlements in Sacramento.
  • February 14: Patricia McGinnis attended the Southern California Counsel of Elder Law Attorneys’ meeting in Los Angeles.
  • January 18: Prescott Cole spoke at the Elder Abuse Forum for Santa Cruz Legal Services on the topic of elder financial abuse.
  • January 10: Executive Director Patricia McGinnis presented a Webinar to legal services staff and social workers about the DRA and Medi–Cal.