Government, State, and Local Resources

All Americans—including people with disabilities and older adults—should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions. To help meet these needs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created a new organization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Go to ACL website
This U.S. Department of Justice site includes information and numerous links relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act and enforcement.

Go to ADA website
This U.S. Federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Learn more about the proposed rule that makes changes to both Medicare Part C and D.

Go to CMS website
Free access to legislative information that anyone can search for and read.

Go to Congress.gov website
The central mission of the CFPB is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans—whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.

Go to CFPB website
The U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative provides resources to victims and family members who have dealt with or are currently dealing with elder abuse, and will also serve as a forum of information for practitioners; researchers; law enforcement agencies; victim service providers; and federal, state, and local prosecutors.

Go to Elder Justice Initiative website
The Elder Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to moderate income seniors, and serves as a resource center for lawyers and other professionals. In a partnership with the School of Medicine, the E-Clinic offers law students a unique opportunity to learn about medical and health law issues of older clients. 

Go to Elder Law Clinic website
Fannie Mae is a government-sponsored enterprise chartered by Congress to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders, to help strengthen the U.S. housing and mortgage markets, and to support affordable homeownership.

Go to Fannie Mae website
FDsys provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Go to FDsys website
The Library's website provides information about its programs, services, online collections of American historical materials, legislative information, and guides to special collections.

Go to Library of Congress website
The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare contains information on health and drug plans, facilities and doctors, and benefits and eligibility information.

Go to Medicare website
Directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, NCEA is committed to helping national, state, and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Go to NCEA website
The New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse is a multidisciplinary, statewide group of individuals, private organizations and public agencies working together to protect elders from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The Coalition was formed to implement the Action Agenda created by the 2004 New York State Elder Abuse Summit.

Go to New York State Coalition website
DALTCP is the component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged with developing, analyzing, evaluating, and coordinating HHS policies and programs which support the independence, productivity, health, and long-term care needs of children, working age adults, and older persons with disabilities. 

Go to DALTCP website
Pace School of Law
Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) provides free legal services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. A nonprofit legal center serving Westchester and Putnam Counties, New York, PWJC helps individuals navigate the legal system and obtain services related to divorce, custody, support, financial exploitation, public benefits, and housing. Through outreach events and training programs we raise awareness, educate the community, and train judges, police officers, attorneys, and social service providers on best practices when working with victims of abuse.

Go to PWJC website
Resources are available in English and Spanish, such as recent legislation, the Social Security Handbook, links to federal regulations, and information on legal employment with the Administration.

Go to SSA website
This is a legal services list by state of pro bono resources in the US.

Go to State Bar Association Pro Bono List website

Created by the state legislature in 1927, the State Bar is a public corporation within the judicial branch of government, serving as an arm of the California Supreme Court. All State Bar members are officers of the court.


Membership in The State Bar of California affords attorneys the right and privilege of practicing law in this state. The bar's integrated network of functions and services — many of them mandated by law — protects the public and assists attorneys in meeting their professional obligations.

Go to State Bar of CA website
The Center on Aging (Center) is a new university-wide, interdisciplinary center specializing in aging education, research and community service. Its academic home is the University of Maine School of Social Work in the College of Business, Public Policy, and Health.

The mission of the Center is to serve the state by maximizing the quality of life of Maine's older citizens and their families. Through its state-of-the art training, research and service initiatives, the Center, in direct partnership with elders and community agencies, works to prepare professionals and the lay community in "best practice" approaches to serving older adults and better appreciating the resources that elders bring to their communities.

Go to University of Maine Center on Aging website
This website includes information on how to request military service records, locate pre-WWI records, replace lost medals and awards, and more.

Go to Veterans' Service Records website
This website features a wealth of government information and links.

Go to the White House website
This section works to develop and improve the laws that affect the elderly, and promotes high standards of ethical performance and technical expertise for those who practice in the area. The section sponsors CLE programs at State Bar conventions, monitors proposed state legislation and publishes a newsletter.

Go to Wisconsin Bar Association's Elder Law Section website

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