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Affiliations and Helpful Links

We have provided helpful links to a variety of websites to help you. If you have any questions, please contact us today!

Federal & State Agencies

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS is the federal agency that regulates the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Site contains information about these programs.

Internal Revenue Service
The IRS is the U.S. government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement. Contains downloadable forms, instructions, and agency publications.

Medicare
The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare: includes information about Medicare benefits.

Minnesota Board on Aging
Established in 1956, the MBA is one of the pioneers in the field of aging policy, information, and assistance for seniors.

Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Home Inspection Survey
Listing of results of nursing and boarding care home annual health care inspection findings conducted under federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
MDHS is the state agency that manages government health care programs. Site includes the Health Care Programs Manual, which is used by counties to administer these programs.

Minnesota Department of Human Services Health Care Programs Manual
The Health Care Programs Manual is issued by DHS to give instructions to county workers as to how to administer these programs, which include Medical Assistance.

Minnesota Department of Revenue
Information and tax forms. Online filing and payment options for individuals and businesses. Income tax information also in Spanish.

NIH Senior Health
Provides aging-related health information from the National Institutes of Health.

Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care
An advocate for consumers of long-term care services who investigate complaints concerning the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care consumers, offer information and consultation about various long-term care services, rights, and regulations.

Office of the Minnesota Attorney General — Seniors
Listing of guides issued by the Attorney General’s office to assist seniors with legal rights, fighting fraud, consumer tips, and so forth.

Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Promotes the highest attainable standards of treatment, competency, efficiency, and justice for persons receiving services for mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, and emotional disturbance in children.

Social Security Administration
Source of information about Social Security benefits, how to apply, and so forth.

For Caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance
Offers a wealth of fact sheets.

“Letting Go of My Father”
Article published by The Atlantic Magazine in its April 2010 issue.

National Alliance for Caregiving
Offers an online tool to help coordinate care

Strength for Caring: A Place for Caregivers
Offers “Share Your Story” and “Meet Other Caregivers” bulletin boards.

Housing

A Place for Mom
Provides assistance with connecting families to the right elder care services.

American Seniors Housing Association
Information about housing options for seniors throughout the United States.

HUD Information for Seniors
Information about housing options, financial assistance resources, and guides for making the right choice.

Twin Cities Senior Housing Guide
The Senior Housing Guide offers information on resources and services that can help you remain in your home or research future housing opportunities.

Law School Sources

Center for Elder Justice and Policy at William Mitchell College of Law

Hamline University School of Law Health Law Institute

University of St. Thomas Elder Law Practice Group

Legal Information

American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

American Society of Aging

ElderLawAnswers
ElderLawAnswers supports seniors, their families, and their attorneys by providing information about legal issues facing seniors, a network of highly qualified elder law attorneys nationwide, and online practice tools for elder law attorneys.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Provides a resource of information, education, networking, and assistance to those who deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and people with special needs.

National Adult Protective Services Association

National Center on Elder Abuse

National Elder Law Foundation

National Elder Law Network
A source of dependable information on legal issues for seniors, their families, and advocates.

National Senior Citizens Law Center
The NSCLC advocates before the courts, Congress, and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans. They are experts on issues that affect seniors, such as federal rights, Medicaid, Medicare Part D, nursing facilities, and Social Security and SSI. They also publish consumer guides and newsletters for attorneys and advocates.

Social Security Administration’s Programs Operations Manual System (POMS)

The Special Needs Alliance
The Special Needs Alliance is a national, non-profit organization committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who represent them. Individuals with disabilities, their families, and their advisors rely on the SNA to connect them with nearby attorneys who focus their practices in the disability law arena.

Legislation

Congress.org
News, information and resources on Congress including votes, bills, assignments and information about individual members.

Minnesota State Legislature
The home page of the Minnesota State Legislature. Includes links to the Minnesota House of Representatives, Minnesota Senate, joint commissions, Minnesota Statutes, etc.

Organizations for Persons with Disabilities

ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to lead the fight against ALS. The Association covers all the bases — research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — in providing help and hope to those facing the disease.

Access Press Sources/Resources
Directory of organizations for persons with disabilities.

Alzheimer’s Research Center
Information about treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing illnesses.

Alzheimer’s Association
Provides information, education, and support for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Association (Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter)

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 603-0720 (800) 511-3696
dsamn@dsamn.org

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
Provides educational materials to increase knowledge and understanding about diabetes among patients, health care professionals, and the general public.

National Down Syndrome Society
Not-for-profit organization supporting research in the United States. Includes details of education and advocacy programs.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest
Provides information, education, and support for families dealing with multiple sclerosis.

National Parkinson Foundation
Provides information, education, and support for families dealing with Parkinson’s disease.

National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury
Providing information for professionals, persons with brain injury, and family members. Also developing intervention programs, and assessment tools.

National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association reaches out to people who want to learn more about stroke, have survived a stroke, know someone who has suffered a stroke, or care for a stroke survivor.

Struthers Parkinson’s Center
National Parkinson Foundation. The Parkinson Association of Minnesota was established as a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation in January of 1996.

The Arc of Minnesota
Advocacy and support for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.

University of Minnesota Family Caregiving Center
The Family Caregiving Center is dedicated to improving dementia care by supporting family-centered care. Our mission is to support family life through the entire course of the illness – keeping families strong and connected. We dedicate efforts towards research, project innovation, training, and outreach to increase our understanding of how to support family-centered care.

Senior Organizations

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Services

DARTS (Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors)
Minnesota nonprofit organization pioneering and providing in-home and transportation services and volunteer programs that meet the changing needs of seniors and their families.

Disability Hub MN
In August 2017, the State of Minnesota launched the Disability Hub MN, a free statewide resource network designed to help persons with disabilities learn more about the community resources and government programs that may be available to them. This website provides basic information about eligibility criteria for Medical Assistance, Section 8 vouchers, and Housing Support Services, along with assistance in applying for these programs.

The purpose of Disability Hub MN is to provide a free resource to assist people in gathering information. However, the Hub workers cannot provide legal advice or undertake legal planning to achieve eligibility for government benefits. While it’s good to see our state continuing to evolve resources to assist our aging and disability population, this does not replace the need to get independent advice on how best to build a plan for your unique situation. Our firm understands how these programs work together and can customize a plan based on each individual’s unique needs through the use of legal tools not available to government employees. In addition, LRHP attorneys work for YOU (not the State) as your advocate.

Disability Link

Minnesota Help
Online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota identify resources such as human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of aid and assistance within Minnesota

National Guardianship Association, Inc.
Provides educational, training, and networking opportunities for professionals and others interested in guardianship and protective services.

Senior Link

Senior Linkage Line
Free telephone information and assistance service that makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community services.

Veterans’ Benefits

Minnesota Veterans Home
Information regarding the Minnesota Veterans Homes, including admissions information, current waiting periods and so forth.

Veterans Administration
Contains information about veterans’ benefits.

Articles

  Top Ten Issues to Discuss with Your Family As You Age.

The Fiscal Cliff Was Avoided – But What Does It Mean?

How to Help Someone Who’s Grieving

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The Voice® Newsletter

2017

Filing a Tax Return for a Special Needs Trust: What a Trustee Needs to Know at Tax Time
April 2017 – Vol. 11, Issue 3

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) – How to Open an ABLE Account
March 2017 – Vol. 11, Issue 2

The “Special Needs Trust Fairness Act” is Finally Law: Individuals with Disabilities Can Now Establish Their Own Trusts
February 2017 – Vol. 11, Issue 1

2016

Transferring Guardianship Across State Lines
October 2016 – Vol. 10, Issue 5

SSI Rules for Students
July 2016 – Vol. 10, Issue 4

Political Advocacy by Parents of Children with Disabilities
June 2016 – Vol. 10, Issue 3

Disabled Military Child Protection Act Policy Issued
May 2016 – Vol. 10, Issue 2

Income Taxes and Special Needs
March 2016 – Vol. 10, Issue 1

In the News

elder law video capture

Attorney Cathryn Reher appears on KARE 11’s “Sandwich Generation” in a segment on elder law.

See the video.

Attorney Laurie Hanson featured in the August 2017 issue of Super Lawyers magazine, “House of Hanson.”

Attorney Laurie Hanson provides source expertise for special needs planning article written by RBC Wealth Management.

Read the article.

Attorney Laura Zdychnec quoted in Star Tribune article, “The Real Financial Costs of Caregiving.”

Attorney Mary Frances Price quoted in an article by The Mighty, “Medicaid Is Keeping People With Disabilities From Getting Married.”

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