Elder, Health and Disability

GBLS Remembers our Beloved Colleague and Dear Friend Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson at the GBLS Annual Meeting on 6/18/2013
It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved colleague and dear friend Sarah Anderson died on Monday, August 14. For more than three decades, Sarah worked at Greater Boston Legal Services, fighting for the rights of thousands of low-income families and people with disabilities. She was a mentor to hundreds of young lawyers, paralegals and students.
Sarah was a nationally respected expert on health and disability law.

Why Boston students created a 'Know Your Rights' app

Kudos to Elizabeth McIntyre for her work with these students. Thanks also to WilmerHale and Staples for sponsoring her Equal Justice Works fellowship at GBLS. There are links at the end of this article to several other WBUR features on school discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  Click here to read the article.


School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project

The Problem

Children who are suspended or expelled from school are three times more likely than their peers to drop out from school. Dropping out of school triples the likelihood a child will be incarcerated.

Elder Abuse Prevention Project

The Problem:

Elder abuse is a prevalent and growing problem across the Commonwealth. Each year millions of older Americans, including thousands in Massachusetts, are abused, neglected, and exploited. However, despite the prevalence of elder abuse, it is one of the most unacknowledged problems in America.


Since the lawsuit began and continuing through the signing of the Settlement Agreement, and the Joint Assessments, GBLS has released several newsletters keeping the Plaintiffs and other interested parties informed of what is happening. If you would like to read our previous or current newsletters, please click on the links below.Access is a Civil Right. BCIL member at press conference announcing the settlement of lawsuit April 4, 2006

GBLS Prevents Exploited Elder’s Eviction

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Greater Boston Legal Services assisted “Pauline”, a 77-year-old elder living in Chelsea, who fought to stay in her own home despite family struggles and serious health problems.  Pauline faced tragedy when she lost her daughter who had been her primary caretaker.  After her daughter’s death, Pauline depended on her other daughter to help her with her care.  GBLS helped Pauline to qualify for a Personal Care Attendant which enabled her daughter to receive compensation from MassHealth for providing care for her mother.  Unfortunately, Pauline’s daughter moved into the apar

Elder, Health and Disability Impact Advocacy

The Elder, Health and Disability Unit engages in impact advocacy in the following areas:

Guardianship Reform

We work with the Probate and Family Court and other advocates to ensure full implementation of the landmark Guardianship Reform law, passed in 2009. The new law dramatically improved due process protections for the elderly and disabled, including a key goal — the right to counsel — in most cases.

Elder, Health and Disability Community Partnerships

Community partnerships are a mainstay of our elder, health and disability work. They enable us to expand our advocacy efforts. Our current collaborative initiatives include assuring access to health care, economic security and preserving housing for elders.

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