Recent News and Calls to Action
January 30, 2019
MassNAELA needs your help! We are advocating for seven bills this legislative session, and asking everyone to reach out to their legislators to request that they co-sponsor these bills. For a link on how to find out who your legislators are, or for more information on the bills check out our new Advocacy Initiatives page by clicking here!
January 1, 2019
Effective January 1, 2019 all Residency Agreements between Assisted Living Residences and a resident must include a signed an initialed copy of the state issued cover sheet. For the full memorandum issued by the state and a copy of the cover sheet please click the link below.
Residency Agreement Cover Sheet and Memorandum
December 18, 2018
On December 6, 2018 the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys held its annual meeting and Vendor Fair. Click the link below to read about award winners and the election results!
Annual Meeting Press Release
June 14, 2018
The Special Needs Workgroup of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is excited to announce the completion and release of the Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit. The project has been in the works for quite some time and has had many contributors over the past year.
The Toolkit was written for the non-attorney, but is an excellent general resource for all attorneys, their clients, potential clients, and the special needs community in general. The Toolkit addresses general advocacy goals; education, medical and financial advocacy; medical insurance; state and federal services; and housing. The Toolkit also has an extensive list of resources that is broken down into legal assistance, advocacy organizations and government agencies.
The Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit is available for download to the public: Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit
There is a growing need for consolidated information on Special Needs Law to ensure that families and caregivers become more aware of the legal rights and benefits available for their loved ones with special needs. We hope that this Toolkit will begin to address that need.
Many thanks to all of the contributors and proofreaders that have volunteered their time to complete this project.
The Special Needs Workgroup