Florida Health Justice Project

The Seminole County Legal Aid Society is dedicated to helping seniors in the community. Many of the biggest issues plaguing this population are health related and if one is disabled or sick and is unable to pay for expensive medical treatment, government-subsidized health care can be life changing. Especially in the case of individuals requiring long term care, this assistance could help them to remain in their own homes as opposed to entering a nursing home facility. In order to help advocates for seniors needing long term medical care or any similar services, the Florida Health Justice Project (FHJP) and Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. have created The Advocate’s Guide to the Florida Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver and earlier this year, FHJP also drafted The Advocate’s Guide to the Florida Medicaid Program.
The guide to the Medicaid Waiver was created to make access to this information easier for advocates. It focuses specifically on access to in-home care for seniors that are also known as “home and community-based services.” These services can be life-changing for those who wish to remain a part of their surrounding community by staying in their own home. In Florida, over 100,000 residents are receiving services under this waiver and there are over 50,000 more on a waiting list to do so as well. FJTC Project Manager Joseph Schieffer hopes that “having the guide online makes it easier for advocates to navigate the content and share it with others.” Every year, more and more people develop disabilities that require long term care and this comprehensive guide, which covers everything from eligibility, how to apply, how managed care works, how to handle a denial and more, is something that will undoubtedly streamline the process to receive long term care.

Written by Erin Roche
Seminole Veterans Stand Down
This Month on Saturday, October 20, 2018 the Seminole County Veterans Services will hold their 7th Annual Veterans Stand Down. It will be held at the Seminole County Health Department (400 W Airport Blvd. Sanford, FL 32773) from 9 AM to 1 PM. At this event, resources will be provided to homeless and at-risk veterans, including dental services, haircuts, medical care, showers, food, shelter information, and more. Lynx will be providing free transportation to the event if you show them the event’s flyer.  SCBALAS will be in attendance to provide information and resources for veterans who need assistance in family-law/related issues. Please contact Ed Burford, the Veterans Service Officer, if you have any questions. Mr. Burford can be reached at 407-665-2371.
Written by Carolina Hernandez
National Night Out
National Night Out is a campaign sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch that annually promotes positive relationships between police and their respective communities. This in turn allows for neighborhood camaraderie, increasing safety and local unity. This event not only increases awareness about police, but also police programs such as drug prevention, community watch, and other anti-crime endeavors. The sense of community brought about by these efforts will be celebrated on the 35th annual National Night Out in several cities throughout Seminole Country on October 2nd, 2018. On the National Night out, it is encouraged that Seminole Country residents turn on their outside lights and spend time with neighbors and local police personnel or join us and the Seminole County Domestic Violence Task Force at Lake Mary Hall from 5:30-8:30 PM. The event is free to attend and Seminole County Legal Aid Society will be attending to promote awareness about local programs.

Written by Victoria Thacker, UCF Fall Intern
Law Students Making a Difference
During the fall semester we have the pleasure of working with two Barry Law Students, Catalina Rodriguez and Hannah Jacobson. Catalina Rodriguez is a third-year law student at Barry. She currently resides as the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society, Marshall of Phi Alpha Delta, and as Secretary of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is also a member of the Moot Court Honors Board, the Hispanic American Law Student Association, and the Immigration Law Society. We are beyond excited to be working with such a motivated individual. Hannah Jacobson is a second-year law student at Barry. She is the President of the National Black Law Students Association, a Phi Alpha Delta Representative, and Senator of the Student Bar Association.  We are looking forward to having such a driven person working with us.

Hannah Jacobson not pictured.
Options for Survivors of Domestic Violence: 
Address Confidentiality
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The Office of the Attorney General Regional Victim Advocate offers an Address Confidentiality Program to help victims of domestic violence or stalking stay safe by keeping their location of residence out of public records. The purpose of this program is for the Attorney General to assign an address to a victim different from their actual address so that their location is not disclosed to the abuser.
To obtain an assigned address an applicant may call the Office of the Attorney General Regional Victim Advocate directly who will guide the Applicant to the ACP Application Assistant or to the designated state or local agencies, and nonprofit agencies that provide this service. Places such as safe houses or shelters may also have an ACP Application Assistant who can help the Applicant with this process. The number to call is (850) 414-3300 (locally) or (800) 226-6667.
To find out more about resources or for out of state resources, please visit:

Written by Catalina Rodriguez, Barry Law Intern
Program Spotlight: Safehouse
SafeHouse is a non-profit organization that empowers victims of domestic and sexual abuse through individualized advocacy and other legal services. The goal of SafeHouse is to end sexual violence through the implementation of intervention programs and education, ultimately assembling desire for social change. SafeHouse has been a safe haven for over 5,000 victims of abuse since 1989 and was founded by citizens in Shelby County who felt the urgent need for a domestic violence shelter in the community. A section of services that SafeHouse offers includes SafeShelby services, which are available 24/7 to anyone in need of forensic exams, counseling, and legal advocacy; these services are free and confidential. SafeHouse also offers a 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter for victims escaping an abusive situation. Seminole County Legal Aid Society proudly works in tangent with SafeHouse.

Written by Victoria Thacker, UCF Fall Intern
Save the Date!
Upcoming Events:
  • October 2, 2018: National Night Out 
    • 5:30-8:30 PM Lake Mary Hall, 100 N Country Club Rd, Lake Mary, FL
  • October 11, 2018: Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans
    • 1-4PM Seminole County Public Library, 215 N Oxford R, Casselberry FL
  • October 20, 2018: Seminole County Veterans Stand Down
    • 9AM-1PM Seminole County Health Department, 400 W Airport BLVD, Sanford FL


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