Legal Services Support

Updated Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

Description of Program/Areas of Expertise:

CANHR provides advice, counseling, technical assistance, publications, and training in the areas of public benefits, and long term care, including nursing homes, residential care, continuing care retirement communities, Medi–Cal, Medicare, elder abuse, fiduciary abuse, and other legal issues affecting low–income, disabled, and elderly California consumers. CANHR has established a statewide hotline for legal services staff and consumers: (800) 474–1116 and websites with information on every nursing home and residential care/assisted living facility in California.

Services Offered:

Consultation: CANHR Staff is available to answer questions from programs weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (phones off between 12 noon and 1 pm) Written requests for services are answered promptly. Services include technical assistance, consultation on individual cases, research and brief bank. Contact staff attorneys or advocacy unit.

Information Services: In addition to free subscriptions to CANHR’s quarterly newsletters, The CANHR Advocate and the Legal Network News, CANHR offers one free copy of all attorney training manuals to qualified programs. Copies of fact sheets can be downloaded from our web site.

Representation: Includes consultation with and/or representation of individual clients referred by programs, collaboration on individual cases, and assistance with administrative and judicial appeals. CANHR will initiate litigation on specific issues at the request of programs. Contact: P. McGinnis, T. Chicotel.

Training: CANHR provides training to legal services programs throughout California in estate planning for long-term care (Medi-Cal in particular), long-term care litigation, nursing home laws, elder abuse and residents’ rights. Contact: Patricia McGinnis or Tony Chicotel.