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As part of CANHR’s mission to provide consumer education and advocacy support through community outreach, CANHR staff regularly travel near and far to participate in a wide variety of events. If you would like to invite CANHR to a support group, resource fair, or other event in your community, please call our office at (415) 974–5171.

2017

  • June 26: Prescott Cole taught an all day training session on the Home Equity Protection Project and elder law issues in Fresno County.

  • June 15: Prescott Cole was a presenter at the 20th Annual Elder Abuse Conference in Bakersfield.

  • May 26: Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel represented CANHR at the U.S. Attorney General’s Elder Justice Task Force for the Northern District of California

  • May 23: Prescott Cole taught an all day training session on the Home Equity Protection Project and elder law issues to the Sonoma County Adult Protective Services.

  • May 23: Julie Pollock and Tony Chicotel hosted a “Policy Updates” session at Legal Assistance for Seniors’ annual Elder Abuse Conference in San Francisco.

  • May 18: Efrain Gutierrez provided CANHR resources and information at the South Pasadena Senior Center.

  • May 17: Administrative Assistant, Marcus Nelson held an information desk at the 35th Annual Senior Health & Information Fair at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium.

  • May 15: Prescott Cole was a presenter at the 30th Annual Adult Protective Services Multidisciplinary Team Conference “Back to Basics” Rancho Cucamonga.

  • May 12: Prescott Cole taught an all day training session on the Home Equity Protection Project and elder law issues in Davis.

  • May 11: Prescott Cole taught an all day training session on the Home Equity Protection Project and elder law issues to the San Jose Adult Protective Services.

  • May 9: Prescott Cole participated on the State Bar Legal Services Coordinator Meeting along with representatives from Qualified Legal Service Programs and Training Centers.

  • May 5: Tony Chicotel spoke at Long-Term Care Services of Ventura County’s wonderful event “Long-Term Care Explained in a Short-Period of Time.”

  • May 5: Pat McGinnis and Southern California Outreach Coordinator, Efrain Gutierrez, presented a training on Medi-Cal & Recovery to Social Workers and Discharge Planners at the Magnolia Place Family Center in Los Angeles.

  • May 4: Pauline Mosher, Program Manager presented to the San Francisco Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program about Medi-Cal topics including share of cost and Medi-Cal recovery.

  • May 4: Tony Chicotel made a presentation at the annual California Association of Superior Court Investigators meeting about poor decisions made by conservators.

  • May 1: Prescott Cole was a guest lecturer at the San Francisco State University speaking on the topic of financial elder abuse.

  • April 26: Jody Spiegel participated in a stakeholder meeting regarding Medication Aides in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly.

  • April 26: Executive Director Patricia McGinnis spoke to the Probate Bar of the San Bernardino County Bar Association on the changes in Medi-Cal Recovery due to SB 833.

  • April 25: Prescott Cole attended the LAAC Support center Meeting in Oakland.

  • April 25: Julie Pollock gave a webinar on Medi-Cal Recovery Basics to attorneys and staff members at California Rural Legal Assistance.

  • April 20: Efrain Gutierrez provided CANHR resource and information at the Hofmann Community Center Senior Health Fair in Lawndale.

  • April 5: CANHR staff attended San Francisco State University Gerontology Program’s 30th anniversary celebration where Senator Mark Leno was presented with the Distinguished Long-Term Care Advocate Award. Pat McGinnis, Executive Director of CANHR and an adjunct professor in the Gerontology Program presented the award to Senator Leno.

  • April 5: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel, gave a presentation to the Pasadena Ombudsman Program on CANHR Services and Hot Topics in Long Term Care.

  • April 1: Prescott Cole was Key Note Speaker at Lake County Senior Summit, “Elder Financial Abuse”.

  • March 22: Efrain Gutierrez conducted a scam prevention session for seniors at Alice Manor and Ramona Estates in Los Angeles.

  • March 22: Tony Chicotel visited the Santa Clara County Ombudsman Program at Catholic Charities and presented on nursing home therapy problems as well as decision-making for unrepresented nursing home residents.

  • March 17: Tony Chicotel spoke at the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging Round Table about long-term care issues.
  • March 17: Prescott Cole was interviewed as a guest on Lake County Radio KPFC about elder issues and CANHR’s mission.

  • March 16: Prescott Cole participated in the Alameda County Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Multi-disciplinary Team (CCE-MDT)

  • March 8: Tony Chicotel presented a webinar to legal services programs on CANHR’s new Advance Health Care Directive form.

  • March 1: Executive Director Patricia McGinnis presented a Webinar to legal services staff on California’s new Medi-Cal Recovery laws.

  • February 26: Prescott Cole was a guest lecturer at Hasting’s Law School Medical-Legal Partnership for seniors class.

  • February 22: CANHR’s staff travelled to Sacramento for its annual Legislative Action Day visiting old and new members and discussion CANHR priorities for 2017.

  • February 21: Jody Spiegel gave a presentation to the Orange County Ombudsman Program on CANHR Services and Hot Topics in Long Term Care.

  • February 21: Prescott Cole gave a long-term care presentation to the California State Retirees Health Benefits Committee Meeting in Sacramento.

  • February 8: Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at Alice Manor in Los Angeles.

  • February 8: Executive Director Pat McGinnis appeared on KAWL’s “Your Legal Rights” with host Chuck Finney and LRS Advisory Board member, Peter Stern, to speak about the new Medi-Cal Recovery laws.

  • February 2: Prescott Cole taught an all day training session on the Home Equity Protection Project and elder law issues to the Riverside and San Bernardino Adult Protective Services.

  • January 24: Pat McGinnis and Program Manager, Pauline Mosher, held a consumer forum on CCRC rights and remedies at St. Mark’s church in San Francisco.

  • January 24: Jody Spiegel participated in the RCFE Advocates Quarterly Meeting with Community Care Licensing.

  • January 10: Executive Director Patricia McGinnis presented on treatment of annuities under Medi-Cal to the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, with attorney Peter Stern, who presented on Treatment of Trusts.

2016

  • December 19: Prescott Cole attended San Francisco’s Multidisciplinary Team Meeting to hear a presentation from the California Department of Business Oversight.

  • December 16: Prescott Cole gave a presentation to the San Francisco Ombudsmen on how they can protect long-term care residents from the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance scam.

  • December 15: Prescott Cole participated in the Alameda County Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Multi-disciplinary Team (CCE-MDT).

  • December 13: Julie Pollock presented a workshop to social workers, nurses, and discharge planners at Palo Alto Medical Foundation on “Hot Topics in Medi-Cal and Long Term Care.”

  • December 13: Staff attorney Tony Chicotel talked about law and ethics related to clients with impaired decision-making capacity at SAGE Eldercare Solutions.

  • December 9: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole attended the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit Taskforce Meeting Institute on Aging Department of Insurance Offices San Francisco.

  • December 6: 2016 Prescott Cole was a guest speaker on KALW Your Legal Rights Radio Show speaking about elder abuse and neglect lawsuits against nurisng homes and assisted living facilities.
  • November 18 & 19: CANHR staff presented its 20th annual Elder Law Conference in Monterey, California with over 300 attendees.
  • November 18: CANHR Volunteer hosted an information table at the Los Angeles Midnight Mission Veterans’ Stand Down Event.
  • November 15: Prescott Cole attended the Elder Issue Legislative Recap and 2016 Strategy Meeting in Sacramento sponsored by the Consumer Federation of California.
  • November 10: Prescott Cole participated in the launch of San Francisco Veterans Benefits Protection Project (VBPP), a coalition consisting of theInstitute on Aging, California Department of Insurance (CDI), California Attorney General’s Office (AG), California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), SF Long Term Care Ombudsman, and the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), organized to protect senior veterans from financial abuse.
  • November 10: Prescott Cole joined the key stakeholders of the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit Protection Project Coalition at the SF City Hall Press Conference.
  • November 10: Jody Spiegel participated in the RCFE Advocates Quarterly Meeting with Community Care Licensing.
  • November 9: Imperial County’s Area Agency on Aging hosted an elder abuse prevention training with Tony Chicotel presenting on abuse and neglect issues in long-term care.
  • November 9: Executive Director Pat McGinnis spoke at the Southern California Council of Elder Law Attorneys’ monthly meeting in Encino.
  • November 2: Prescott Cole was a guest on KALW’s Your Legal Rights Radio Show speaking about the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit scam.
  • November 2: Julie Pollock spoke to the Piedmont Gardens Family Council about CCRC resident rights and organizing family councils.
  • October 25: Tony Chicotel was part of a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Coordinators’ Conference panel presentation on the problem of nursing home residents being illegally dumped into hospitals.
  • October 19: Prescott Cole participated in a Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit Taskforce.
  • October 13: Prescott Cole was a guest lecturer at Hasting’s Law School Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors class.
  • October 7: CANHR Volunteer hosted an information table at the Cerritos Senior Center 2016 Senior Health & Wellness Fair.
  • September 30: Executive Director Pat McGinnis lectured on admission and retention issues at the San Francisco State University RCFE Administrator Certification Program.
  • September 30: Efrain Gutierrez hosted an information table at the Alice Manor Senior Fair in Los Angeles.
  • September 29: Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the Los Angeles Convention Center 16th Annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon, courtesy of Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.
  • September 15: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel made a presentation about decision-making for unrepresented patients in the health care system at the Contra Costa County Transitional Care Summit.
  • September 6: Executive Director Pat McGinnis and attorney Peter Stern presented a webinar on the new Medi-Cal Recovery rules to over 280 participants.

  • August 31: Prescott Cole chaired the “Civil Attorneys and FAST Teams’ Roles in Elder Abuse” session at the 7th Annual National Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation in Philadelphia.
  • August 23: Executive Director Pat McGinnis spoke to the Residents’ Council at the Sequoias in San Francisco about resident rights.
  • August 22: Jody Spiegel participated in a stakeholder meeting with CCL regarding Medication Aides in RCFE’s.
  • August 20: CANHR Volunteer hosted an information table at the San Gabriel Mission.
  • August 20: Program Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the Buena Park Senior Center – Super Senior Saturday 2016 “Aging with Attitude”.
  • August 18: Prescott Cole participated in the newly formed Alameda County Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Multi-disciplinary Team (CCE-MDT).
  • August 12: Program Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the 14th Annual Senior Fair at Cerritos College, courtesy of Congresswoman Linda Sánchez.
  • August 5: CANHR’s Office Manager Armando Rafailan hosted a CANHR information table at Assemblymember Kevin Mullin’s 1st Resource Fair at the San Mateo Senior Center.
  • August 5: Staff attorney Jody Spiegel participated in the RCFE Advocates Quarterly Meeting with Community Care Licensing.
  • August 2: Prescott Cole participated in CANHR’s Home Equity Protection Project.
  • July 18: Julie Pollock participated in a Department of Health Care Services meeting on the Nursing Facility / Acute Hospital Waiver.
  • July 14: Tony Chicotel provided a training to the regional managers of Community Care Licensing. The topic was dementia care without drugs. (About 25 attendees, no QLSPs)
  • July 7:  Prescott Cole gave a presentation about CANHR services and the Home Equity Protection Program (HEPP) at the San Francisco Forensic Center Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) Meeting.
  • June 18: Program Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted CANHR information table at Buena Park Senior Center – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Orange County.
  • June 15: Staff attorney Tony Chicotel spoke to the Sonoma County Council on Aging about the rightsof long term care recipients. (About 50 attendees, no QLSPs)
  • June 7: Julie Pollock and Pauline Mosher hosted a discharge planning advocacy call for CANHR’s Social Worker Advocacy Program (SWAP) members.
  • June 3rd: Pauline Mosher Program Manager presented to the NorCal NAELA Chapter about MAGI Medi-Cal Community Based Medi-Cal and the new HCBS spousal impoverishment provisions.
  • May 24:  Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel presented a webinar on Long-Term Care Issues spotting for the Legal Aid Association of California
  • May 23: Jody Spiegel attended the Legal Aid Association of California DoLA/Support Center Meeting in Los Angeles. 
  • May 20: Julie Pollock gave a lecture at Palo Alto Medical Foundation on long-term care preparedness.
  • May 18:  Prescott Cole participated in the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit Taskforce at the Department of Insurance Offices in San Francisco.
  • May 11: Armando Rafailan hosted a CANHR information desk at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center. 
  • May 11: Tony Chicotel and Pauline Mosher discussed hospital and nursing home discharge issues as part of CANHR’s social worker webinar series.
  • May 10:  Prescott Cole gave a presentation on financial abuse issues for the Kiwanis Club of Greater San Mateo.
  • May 4: Office Manager Armando Rafailan attended the Blaze a Trail / Older Americans Event and information faire at the Oakland City Hall. 
  • May 4: As part of CANHR’s social worker webinar series, Tony Chicotel presented about capacity, decision-making, and conservatorships.
  • May 3: Tony Chicotel spoke at the California Association of Superior Court Investigator conference about dementia care without drugs.
  • April 29: The California Association of Long Term Care Medicine (CALTCM) welcomed Tony Chicotel to talk about informed consent as part of its annual conference in Los Angeles.
  • April 23:  Executive Director Pat McGinnis presented a session on Elder Abuse Prevention at the first annual Kasem Cares Conference on Aging in Costa Mesa.
  • April 22: Efrain Gutierrez and Executive Director Pat McGinnis presented a three hour continuing education workshop to Social Workers and Discharge Planners on Medi-Cal & Recovery at the Magnolia Place Family Center in Los Angeles.
  • April 20: Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the San Gabriel Mission and Executive Director Pat McGinnis presented on Medi-Cal Recovery at a consumer workshop co-sponsored by Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. 
  • April 20: Prescott Cole conducted a seminar on civil financial abuse litigation, reverse mortgages, Transfer on Death Deeds, and Medi-Cal recovery at the Law Foundation of Silicone Valley.
  • April 15: Jody Spiegel participated in the RCFE Advocates Quarterly Meeting with Community Care Licensing.
  • April 11:  Prescott Cole conducted a session at San Francisco State College on financial elder abuse.
  • April 9th: Long Term Care Advocate Pauline Mosher presented about Long Term Care, Medi-Cal Recovery and Reverse Mortgages at the 3rd Annual Alzheimer’s Latino Conference held at the Mayfair Community Center.
  • April 6: Prescott Cole participated in the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit Taskforce at the Department of Insurance Offices in San Francisco.
  • April 4:  CANHR Staff attorneys Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel, along with CANHR Executive Director, Pat McGinnis, presented a workshop on Elder Abuse Prevention through San Francisco State University’s Gerontology Program.
  • April 1: Efrain Gutierrez visited Bell Gardens Senior Center for outreach on Medi-Cal Recovery.
  • March 29: Jody Spiegel presented on Medi-Cal Eligibility & Recovery at the Center for Healthcare Rights in Los Angeles.
  • March 23:  Prescott Cole gave a presentation on Reverse Mortgage suitability, Transfer on Death Deeds and Medi-Cal recovery at Horizons Foundation presentation.
  • March 23: Tony Chicotel and Jody Spiegel presented a webinar on long term care facility evictions: “Rights, Rules, and Remedies” as part of CANHR free legal services webinar series.
  • March 22: Julie Pollock and Pauline Mosher attended the 2016 Aging in America Conference in Washington, DC, where they received the 2015 Rosalinde Gilbert Award on behalf of CANHR. CANHR won the award for our efforts to eliminate chemical restraints in nursing homes.
  • March 16: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel spoke to members of One LA regarding long term care issues at the San Gabriel Mission.
  • March 15:  CANHR staff visited Sacramento for the annual CANHR Leg Day – to meet with various key legislators and their staff members and to discuss a variety of important policy and legislative issues such as Medi-Cal recovery, conservatorship reforms and nursing home and RCFE resident rights.
  • March 4: Prescott Cole attended a CANELA informational luncheon discussion on Transfer on Death Dead information in San Francisco.
  • March 1: Prescott Cole directed a class at the University of California Hastings College of the Law on Medi-Cal for Long Term Care.
  • February 25: Efrain Gutierrez assisted Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole with CANHR’s training for Adult Protective Services and Civil Litigators on financial elder abuse issues in Los Angeles.
  • February 25: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel gave a presentation to the San Francisco Bioethics Forum about decision-making for unrepresented health care consumers.
  • February 19: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel and Long Term Care Advocate Julie Pollock attend the RCFE Advocates Quarterly Meeting with Community Care Licensing in Sacramento.

  • February 18: Tony Chicotel spoke to the Contra Costa County Nursing Home Task Force about decision-making for unrepresented residents of nursing homes.

  • February 17: Efrain Gutierrez visited Kaiser in Pasadena for outreach to Social Workers on CANHR services.

  • February 8: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole made a presentation on Long Term Care and financial elder abuse at the monthly meeting of the East Bay Estate Planning Counsel.

  • February 4: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole made a presentation on Long Term Care and how to navigate senior living options at the Jewish Family Services, San Francisco.

  • February 3: Efrain Gutierrez hosted an information table at the Theresa Lindsay Senior Center.

  • January 29: Pauline Mosher spoke to a group of Geriatrics Fellows at UCSF about CANHR services, resident’s rights, and transfer and discharge rights.

  • January 27: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole participated on a conference call with the NAPSA Financial Elder Abuse Advisory Board.

  • January 23: Prescott Cole spoke at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco on “Exposing the Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation Epidemic.”

  • January 20: Pauline Mosher presented at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Long Term Care Preparedness Seminar on Medi-Cal and Medi-Cal recovery.

  • January 19: Pauline Mosher, spoke about Long Term Care and Payment Options to the residents at the Eastern Park Apartments in San Francisco. Simultaneous translations services were available in Chinese and Russian for the 75 residents in attendance.

  • January 13: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel spoke to the Trial Practice students at Golden Gate University Law School about interviewing techniques for clients with cognitive disabilities.

2015

  • November 10: Pauline Mosher presented on long-term care options and Medi-Cal at a free conference for Spanish-speaking family and friends caring for someone with dementia or an aging loved one. Family Caregiver Alliance hosted the event, and there were 30 caregivers in attendance.
  • November 5: Tony Chicotel spoke at a meeting of regional managers from the Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division. The topic was caring for RCFE residents with limited capacity and no surrogate decision makers.
  • October 22: Jody Spiegel participated in the Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division Quarterly Advocates Meeting
  • October 21: Tony Chicotel presented at the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman coordinators’ meeting in Folsom. He spoke about informed consent and medical decision-making.
  • October 17: Long Term Care Advocate Julie Pollock presented on resident’s rights at a family council meeting in Water’s Edge SNF in Alameda.
  • October 16: Executive Director Pat McGinnis lectured on admission and retention issues. at the San Francisco State University RCFE Administrator Certification Program.
  • October 14: Prescott Cole was a guest speaker at UC Berkeley Extension Course, “Navigating the Health Care System”.
  • October 13: Prescott Cole taught a class at Hastings Law School’s Medical-Legal Partnership for seniors.
  • October 12: Tony Chicotel presented at the Disability Rights California conference in Sacramento. The training topic was representing people with impaired or limited mental capacity.
  • October 9: Prescott Cole gave a presentation on financial elder abuse at the San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services San Francisco.
  • October 6: Office Manager Armando Rafailan Hosted a CANHR information table at the 16th Annual Senior Health Faire in Newark at the Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center.
  • October 1: Prescott Cole made a presentation, “APS and Civil Attorneys – Allies in the Fight Against Elder Financial Abuse, at the National APS Association Conference in Orlando, Florida.
  • September 24: Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 15th annual Seniors Celebrating Life Social Luncheon, courtesy of Councilman Curren D. Price Jr.
  • September 22: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel made a presentation on improving dementia care to the Alameda and Contra Costa Counties’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs.
  • September 18: Program Manager Pauline Mosher and Long Term Care Advocate, Julie Pollock, presented on Medi-Cal & Recovery to Social Workers and Discharge Planners at the California State Rail Road Museum in Sacramento.
  • September 16: Prescott Cole hosted CANHR’s training, “APS and Civil Litigators - Allies in the Fight Against Financial Elder Abuse” at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco.
  • September 8: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole was invited to speak at the Passages in Chico California on Elder Financial Abuse.
  • August 28: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel ventured to Sacramento to participate in a meeting of the Statewide Partnership to Improve Dementia Care.
  • August 25: Prescott Cole participated in a conference call NAPSA Elder Financial Exploitation Advisory Board Meeting for the 6th Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation.
  • August 18: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel gave a presentation on capacity and conservatorships to a group of social workers at Bay Area Community Services in Oakland.
  • August 17: Long-Term Care Advocate Julie Pollock testified in support of AB 348 (Brown) in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • August 8: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel participated in the Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division Quarterly Advocates Meeting.
  • July 28: Pauline Mosher participated in the Department of Justice San Francisco District Office Residential Care Advocacy meeting.
  • July 17: Prescott Cole participated in a State Bar LRS Management Quarterly conference call.
  • July 16: Long-Term Care Advocate Julie Pollock testified in support of AB 348 (Brown) in Sacramento. The bill passed the Senate Health Committee 9 - 0.
  • July 13: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel presented a training on Medi-Cal Basics: Eligibility & Recovery at Public Counsel in Los Angeles.
  • July 9: Prescott Cole presented a training on Long-Term Care Medi-Cal to Contra Costa HICAP volunteers.
  • July 8: Pat McGinnis, CANHR Executive Director, presented a free webinar on Medi-Cal Recovery to legal services staff throughout California.
  • June 16: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel participated in the board meeting for the California Culture Change Coalition.
  • June 11: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole gave a presentation at the Senior & Disability Action general meeting on reverse mortgages and elder abuse scams.
  • June 11: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel presented at a session on Representing Clients in Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living at the Pathways to Justice Conference in Los Angeles.
  • June 5: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole attended the 5th Annual San Francisco Community Boards Peacemaker Awards luncheon.
  • June 4: Long-Term Care Advocate Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at a community town hall in Los Angeles, San Miguel Medical Clinic.
  • May 26: Prescott Cole hosted a half day training for Adult Protective Services and Civil Litigators on financial elder abuse issues in San Diego.
  • May 19: Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel presented a joint session on elder law issues at Legal Assistance for Seniors 10th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse in San Francisco.
  • May 19: Tony Chicotel presented at a session on elder law issues at the Legal Assistance for Seniors 10th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse in San Francisco.
  • May 19: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel hosted a CANHR information table at the South Pasadena Healthy Aging Fair
  • May 14th: Program Manager Pauline Mosher presented about CANHR services to the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging.
  • May 8th: Administrative Assistant Daniel Guerrero hosted an information table at the San Mateo “Senior Showcase Fair” in Belmont.
  • May 6: Pat McGinnis and Pauline Mosher presented a webinar on Medi-Cal Basics to private bar attorneys.
  • May 4: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole presented a workshop on elder abuse at the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association Training in Sacramento.
  • May 1: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole gave a presentation at the Central California Legal Services Elder Abuse Awareness Roundtable in Fresno.
  • April 28: Pat McGinnis testified in support of AB 601 (Eggman) in Sacramento. The bill passed the Assembly Human Services Committee 7-0.
  • April 24: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel went to Oakland and presented to the California Public Health Association - North about the dangers of using antipsychotic drugs to restrain people with dementia.
  • April 23: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel participated in the Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division Quarterly Advocates Meeting.
  • April 21: Long Term Care Advocate, Julie Pollock testified in support of AB 348 (Brown) in Sacramento. The bill passed the Assembly Aging and Long Term Care Committee 7-0.
  • April 21: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole attended the National Center of Victims of Crime’s San Francisco presentation, “Taking Action: Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud”.
  • April 20: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole attended the National Center of Victims of Crime’s Oakland training, “Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in California”.
  • April 17: Pauline Mosher, and Julie Pollock educated a group of Social Workers and Discharge Planners on Medi-Cal & Recovery at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
  • April 10: Pat McGinnis educated a group of Social Workers and Discharge Planners on Medi-Cal & Recovery at the Magnolia Place Family Center in Los Angeles.
  • April 10: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel participated in a meeting of the Department of Social Services’ Assisted Living Waiver Subcommittee.
  • April 9: Prescott Cole hosted a half day training for Adult Protective Services and Civil Litigators on financial elder abuse issues - Sacramento
  • April 7: Program Manager Pauline Mosher testified in support of AB 348 (Brown) in Sacramento. The bill passed the Assembly Health Committee 18-0.
  • April 3: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel met with Assembly Member Nazarian and Field Representative Dora Esparza in the Van Nuys district office to discuss CANHR-sponsored legislation.
  • April 2: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole attended the Support Centers Leaders And Field Program meeting in San Francisco.
  • March 24: Executive Director Pat McGinnis testified at a joint Assembly Committee on Health and the Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care oversight hearing on nursing home oversight by the Department of Public Health.
  • March 24: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel participated in the Board meeting of the California Culture Change Coalition in Sacramento.
  • March 18: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole conducted a free Webinar – Elder Financial Abuse – Remedies and Restitution for Legal Services.
  • March 13: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel presented at CANHR’s 12th symposium to improve dementia care and end the misuse of psychotropic drugs in long-term care facilities. The event was held in Napa and co-hosted with the Napa County Long-Term Care Ombudsman program and Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services.
  • March 13: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel participated in a meeting of the Department of social service’ Administrator Certification Section Advisory Committee.
  • March 11: Program Manager Pauline Mosher presented a webinar to legal services staff on “ Frequently Asked Questions about Medi-Cal Eligibility and Recovery.”
  • March 11: CANHR co-hosted a special Oxnard training on dementia care for physicians with the Ventura County Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.
  • March 7: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole conducted a class on elder law at San Francisco Law School.
  • March 4: Executive Director Patricia McGinnis presented a Webinar to legal services staff on “An Overview of the Long Term Care System in California.”
  • March 3: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole educated a class on Medi-Cal Long Term Care at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • February 25: Long Term Care Advocate Mike Connors hosted a CANHR information table at the Dementia Care Partnership Event in Pasadena.
  • February 25: Long Term Care Advocate Julie Pollock spoke at the Coast side Adult Day Health Center in Half Moon Bay.
  • February 17: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel presented to the Alzheimer's Association and discussed CANHR services, trainings and collaboration.
  • February 10:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez spoke to Kaiser social workers in Gardena
  • January 28: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel spoke to the fine staff of Hayward Hills Healthcare Center and provided an in-service training on capacity and resident rights.
  • January 23: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole gave a presentation at the Institute of Aging’s San Francisco Conference, “Swindles, Scams and Schemes: Exposing the Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation Epidemic.”
  • January 13:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at Alice Manor in Los Angeles.

2014

  • December 18: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel gave a presentation on CANHR services for the Center for Health Care Rights' HICAP Volunteer Counselor holiday meeting in Burbank.
  • November 18: Prescott Cole attended the Bureau of Professional Fiduciaries Advisory Committees quarterly meeting.
  • November 15: Pat McGinnis participated in a panel presentation at the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Annual Convention in San Francisco.
  • November 14: Prescott Cole attended a Consumer Federation of California legislative planning meeting in Sacramento.
  • November 8: Pat McGinnis participated in a panel presentation on “Know Your Benefits” at the Alzheimer’s Associations annual Circle of Care conference in Foster City.
  • October 31: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole presented at the National Adult Protective Services Association’s 5th Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation in Portland, Oregon.
  • October 28: Prescott Cole Participated in the Bureau of Professional Fiduciaries Educational Sub-Committee Meeting.
  • October 24: Jody Spiegel attended a board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • October 23: Prescott Cole gave a presentation on New RCFE Laws at California Legal Advocates (LAAC) Travel Training in Sacramento.
  • October 22: Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the South Pasadena Senior Center for a workshop on “Preparing to Make Decisions.”
  • October 17: Executive Director Pat McGinnis lectured on admission and retention issues at the San Francisco State University RCFE Administrator Certification Program.
  • October 16: Tony Chicotel was a guest lecturer at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.  He spoke about the California legislative process.
  • October 14: Prescott Cole gave a presentation on New RCFE Laws at California Legal Advocates (LAAC) Travel Training in Fresno.
  • October 14: Jody Spiegel attended a meeting of the Department of Social Service's Administrator Certification Section Advisory Committee.
  • October 8:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the Theresa Lindsay Senior Center for their October-Fest Senior Health Fair.
  • October 7: Administrative Assistant Kyle Matthews attended the 15th Annual Senior Recourse Faire at the Silliman Activity & Family Aquatic Center in Newark, CA.
  • October 3: Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at Cerritos Senior Center for the 2014 Health and Wellness Fair.
  • October 1: Prescott Cole taught a class on Medi-Cal Long Term Care at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • September 23: Tony Chicotel attended a board meeting of the California Culture Change Coalition.
  • September 18:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 14th Annual Seniors Celebrating Life Social Luncheon, courtesy of Councilman Curren D. Price Jr.
  • September 17: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel attended a meeting of the East Bay chapter of the California Association of Health Facilities and gave a presentation on dementia care and the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs.
  • September 9: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole participated in the TEXCOM Education Senior Project Committee Meeting.
  • September 9: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel attended a meeting of the WISE & Healthy Aging Community Advisory Council.
  • August 19: Tony Chicotel and Mike Connors participated in a meeting of the Statewide Partnership to Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use and Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.
  • August 18: Tony Chicotel was part of a panel discussing abuse and neglect of people with disabilities hosted by the People With Disabilities Foundation. 
  • August 15: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel attended a board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • August 13:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez visited California State Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to support SB 1124.
  • August 8: Prescott Cole represented CANHR at the San Francisco premier showing of the Documentary "Alive Inside".  
  • August 7: Prescott Cole made a Medi-Cal recovery presentation at the San Francisco Forensic Center Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting.
  • August 6: Office Manager Armando Rafailan attended the Thirteenth Annual Healthy Aging Fair in Hayward California.
  • July 31: Tony Chicotel co-presented a webinar on the state of assisted living hosted by the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • July 30: Tony Chicotel presented a webinar, hosted by the Family Caregiver Alliance, on improving dementia care by focusing on comfort instead of sedation.  
  • July 25: Tony Chicotel presented at a Share the Care meeting in Napa. The topic was avoiding antipsychotics and improving dementia care.
  • July 24: Long Term Care Advocate Mike Connors participated in a training session for the Comfort Care as the New Medicine in San Diego. This event was co-sponsored by CANHR, Elder Law & Advocacy and the Southern Caregiver Resource Center.
  • July 15: Tony Chicotel participated in the board meeting of the California Culture Change Coalition.
  • July 11: Tony Chicotel attended the Legal Aid Association of California's (LAAC) statewide meeting in San Francisco.
  • July 9: Prescott Cole made a presentation to the San Mateo Ombudsmen about Medi-Cal and SNF issues.
  • July 1: Prescott Cole participated on the State Bar Legal Services Coordination Meeting.
  • June 25: Prescott Cole made a presentation about RCFE laws to the Area Agency on Aging meeting in Vallejo. 
  • June 11: Efrain Gutierrez visited State Senator Ricardo Lara’s district office to support SB 1124.
  • June 11:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez visited State Senator Kevin Del Leon’s district office to support SB 1124.
  • June 4: Tony Chicotel co-presented a webinar, hosted by the Legal Aid Association of California.
  • June 4: Tony Chicotel participated in the POLST Task Force meeting hosted by the California Coalition for Compassionate Care.
  • June 2: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel presented a webinar on the RCFE Reform Act of 2014 for the Stanislaus County Council on Aging.
  • May 29: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole, as the Governor’s Appointee, attended the meeting of the Professional Fiduciary Advisory Committee in Sacramento.
  • May 29: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, as Governor’s Appointee, attended a meeting of the Professional Fiduciary Advisory Committee in Sacramento
  • May 28: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, co-hosted a webinar with Tena Alonzo on dementia care and a comfort-centered approach to the staff of the Department of Social Services' Community Care Licensing Division.
  • May 22:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the South Pasadena Senior Center Health Fair. 
  • May 22: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, attended the San Francisco Bioethics forum meeting.
  • May 21: Pauline Mosher, Program Manager, spoke about Medi-Cal recovery on a Vietnamese radio show called Program to Learn About the Law 1290 AM, KAZA.
  • May 20: Staff Attorneys, Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel presented at the Legal Assistance for Seniors' ninth annual Elder Abuse Conference at UC Hastings in San Francisco.  Their presentation was entitled "Nothing Happens by Accident: How the Law Shapes Elder Abuse and How Elder Abuse Shapes the Law."
  • May 19: Office Manager, Armando Rafailan, attended the 3rd annual dementia resource awareness Event in San Francisco.
  • May 16: Staff Attorney, Jody Spiegel, attended a Board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • May 14: Operations Manager, Robert Martien, hosted a CANHR information table at the Richmond Civic Center for the 32nd Annual Richmond Commission on Aging Senior Health and Information Faire
  • May 12: Long Term Care Advocate, Mike Connors, gave a presentation on residents' rights to the residents of Rosewood Court in Pasadena.
  • May 10:  Over 100 private bar and legal services attorneys attended a one-day CANHR attorney training at the Pickwick Gardens in Burbank.
  • May 9:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez participated in the Social Worker Advocacy Program at the Magnolia Place Family Center in Los Angeles.
  • May 9:  Pat McGinnis presented a session on Medi-Cal Recovery and Cal MediConnect at the CANHR-sponsored SWAP training in Los Angeles.
  • May 5: Staff Attorney, Jody Spiegel, coordinated a meeting of the RCFE Advocacy Coalition.  
  • April 30: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, gave a presentation on civil rights for seniors to the Fresno and Madera County Long Term Care Ombudsman program.
  • April 29: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, attended the Board meeting of the California Culture Change Coalition.
  • April 25: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, attended a press conference hosted by Senator Ellen Corbett on the RCFE Reform Act of 2014.
  • April 22: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, taught a class on elder law to graduate students at San Francisco State University.
  • April 18: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel traveled to Clearlake to talk about civil rights for seniors at the Lake and Mendocino County Area Agency on Aging's Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Conference.
  • April 16:  Pat McGinnis presented a session on Medi-Cal Recovery and the Coordinated Care Initiative at a health care community forum at the Santa Clara Convention Center sponsored by the Sourcewise HICAP Program
  • April 4: Staff Attorney, Jody Spiegel attended the 2014 Support Center Meeting of the Legal Aid Association of California at Public Counsel's offices in Los Angeles.
  • March 27: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, presented a CANHR-hosted webinar on dementia care and physical and chemical restraints for Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
  • March 26:  Pat McGinnis presented a CANHR-sponsored webinar, “Medi-Cal Recovery and the Affordable Care Act,” for legal services program staff.
  • March 25: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, attended a NAPSA Elder Abuse Subcommittee planning session.
  • March 19:  Pat McGinnis participated in a panel presentation on Protecting our Adult Children from Physical, Sexual, Financial and Emotional Abuse, in Palo Alto, sponsored by the Bay Area Autism Society.
  • March 19: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, presented a Legal Services webinar, “Why do we worry about elder abuse scams?”
  • March 14: Staff Attorney, Jody Spiegel, attended a board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • March 12: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, provided a webinar for legal services programs on civil rights for seniors.
  • March 8: CANHR staff gave a presentation on Medi-Cal Recovery and the new Medi-Cal expansion program to a community forum in Chinatown in Los Angeles.
  • March 8: City of Newark Senior Center 14th Annual Healthy Lifestyle & Fitness Fair 9am-12pm at the Newark Community Center 35501 Cedar Blvd., Newark. For more information call 510-578-4845.
  • March 7: Administrative Assistant, Kyle Matthews hosted a table at the Napa Senior Activity Center's Health & Wellness Fair, passing out literature on the 2014 RCFE Reform Act and CANHR's various services.
  • March 7:  Outreach Coordinator, Efrain Gutierrez, participated in a consumer workshop at the Mary Immaculate Church in Pacoima.
  • March 7: CANHR staff gave a presentation on Medi-Cal Recovery and the new Medi-Cal expansion program to a community forum in Pacoima.
  • March 7: Administrative Assistant Kyle Matthews hosted a CANHR information table at the Napa Senior Activity Center Health and Wellness Fair at the Napa Senior Activity Center.
  • March 5: Prescott Cole made a presentation on the Resident Rights Protection Act of 2014 at the Family Law/Self-Help Conference in San Francisco.
  • March 4: Prescott Cole taught a class on Medi-Cal Long Term Care at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • February 27: Tony Chicotel led a discussion about unrepresented nursing home residents at the quarterly meeting of the San Francisco Bioethics Forum.
  • February 24: Prescott Cole participated in the NAPSA Elder Abuse Subcommittee planning session developing bi-laws and strategic planning.
  • February 21: Jody Spiegel attended a board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • February 21: Tony Chicotel made a presentation at the American Health Lawyers Association’s Long-Term Care Conference in Las Vegas. The topic was liability for care providers regarding chemical restraints.
  • February 18: Prescott Cole participated in the TEXCOM Senior Education Advisory Committee meeting – Media and Outreach Strategy Session.
  • February 11: Pat McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, testified at the Senate Human Services and Assembly Human Services Committees joint oversight hearing on Increasing Accountability in Assisted Living Facilities: State Oversight of Care in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).
  • February 6: Tony Chicotel and Mike Connors participated in the Santa Clara Dementia Care Symposium that was co-sponsored by CANHR and three local ombudsman programs.
  • February 3-4: Prescott Cole participated in the Professional Fiduciary Bureau Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, Educational Subcommittee Meeting, and Strategic Planning Session.
  • January 25: Jody Spiegel represented CANHR at the WISE & Healthy Aging Community Advisory Council Quarterly Meeting.
  • January 23: Prescott Cole made a presentation at the Second Annual Fiduciary Attorney Summit in Lake Tahoe.
  • January 21: Jody Spiegel attended a Board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • January 21: Pat McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, testified at an Assembly Joint Oversight hearing regarding the Department of Public Health’s Licensing and Certification Division’s poor oversight and enforcement of nursing homes, including the lack of response to complaints.
  • January 17: Jody Spiegel attended a Board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • January 14: Prescott Cole gave a presentation on elder financial abuse awareness at the Stage Bridge Senior Theater Works.
  • January 13: CANHR hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to introduce the RCFE Reform Act of 2014. Senators Leno, Block, and Corbett, and Assembly Members Skinner, Eggman, Mainschein, Waldron and Yamada attended and addressed their concerns about the RCFE crisis in California.
  • January 10: Tony Chicotel made a presentation to the Santa Clara County Public Guardian’s office about conservatee rights.
  • January 7: Prescott Cole participated in the TEXCOM Senior Education Advisory Committee meeting – Media and Outreach Strategy Session.
  • January 7: Program Manager Pauline Mosher presented information about CANHR services and planning for incapacity to a group of 30 seniors at the NorCal Armenian Senior Services in Burlingame.
  • January 7: Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the WLCAC Senior Center in Los Angeles.
  • January 6: Mike Connors presented to the LA County Commission for Older Adults on the RCFE Reform Act of 2014.