FREE Lay Advocate Training & “How-To” Manual on Advocacy for Seniors

June 18, 2018, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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When:  Mon., June 18, 2018    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mon., June 25, 2018    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tues., June 26, 2018   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

What: A FREE 3-DAY TRAINING by a team of experienced attorneys and advocates, using a COMPREHENSIVE PRACTICE MANUAL, will cover government benefits eligibility and appeal procedures and enable lay advocates to assist seniors with a variety of public benefits issues, identify and screen legal problems, and resolve minor legal issues. Topics include:

  • An update on laws relating to Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medi-Cal,

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), Long-Term Care Facility Eligibility and Advocacy, Planning For Incapacity, and Kinship Care

  • Basics on the implementation of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) and Cal MediConnect
  • A one hour training on the needs and concerns of LGBT older adults, who are among the least likely to have adequate access to health and social services; best practices for inclusive service delivery. 

Register:  Call (323) 549-5884 or email LayAd@bettzedek.org to register. Reservations are required as space is limited.  Those who register are expected to attend all three days of the training, as different subjects are covered on each day. 

The Lay Advocate Training is essential for social workers, case managers, information and referral specialists, volunteers, and anyone working directly with seniors in senior centers and other social service agencies.

Lunch: There will be a one hour lunch break each day, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Attendees of the free Lay Advocate Training have two choices for lunch:

  1. You may purchase individual items at the rise up! café, which is on-site.  The rise up! café is open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The café offers a hot breakfast from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., hot entrées for lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and grab-and-go items throughout the day, all at reasonable prices. 
  1. Another option is to eat off-site (e.g., at a local restaurant). 

Attendees are not permitted to bring their own lunch into The California Endowment Center (except those who observe Kosher dietary laws may bring their own food).

Sponsorship and funding: This program is sponsored by Bet Tzedek Legal Services, with funding generously provided by Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (Area Agency on Aging).  Training is provided by experienced attorneys and advocates from Bet Tzedek and Justice in Aging. 

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