Iowa Legal Assistance Program Best Practices, 2009

(2009) Iowa Legal Assistance Program Best Practices, 2009. Aging, Department of (Elder Affairs, Department of)


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Legal problems faced by older Iowans are often more critical than those problems faced by any other segment of our population. Older Iowans in poverty are less likely to seek the assistance of an attorney. Often, it is either because they do not have cash resources to pay for services or they do not realize that they have a “legal problem.” The Older Americans Act of 1965 (hereafter, OAA) as amended, which primarily funds the Legal Assistance Program, requires that states have the capacity to improve the quality and quantity of legal programs for older individuals. These Legal Assistance Program Best Practices are meant to provide guidance to providers in the area of priority casework, coordination and collaboration to ensure cohesiveness and uniformity throughout the state’s legal assistance programs. Additionally, Congress mandates that states improve the quality of their Title III-B legal programs. One proven way to ensure a quality program is to have in place best practices to define expectations for not only the legal assistance program provider, but for the state unit on aging (the Iowa Department on Aging) and the area agencies on aging as well. These legal assistance program best practices may be amended from time to time to reflect the change in the legal needs of older Iowans as well as the mandates under the OAA, Iowa Department on Aging (hereafter, department) policy and other governing state and federal laws and regulations.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Elder, Elderly, Aging, Legal
Subjects: Social issues and programs > Aging
Laws and regulations
Social issues and programs
ID Code: 17397
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2014 12:30
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 12:30