The Missouri Seniors’ Legal HelpLine is the first place to go for information about elder law issues. Many older Missourians may face the loss of their homes through foreclosure, the destruction of their nest eggs by consumer scams or financial exploitation. They may also face challenges accessing public benefits like Social Security and Medicaid. But seniors may not know where to turn for help and may be concerned about the expense.
On September 4, 2009, the Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services the Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems grant to integrate, coordinate and improve access to legal services for seniors by implementing a statewide toll free phone helpline in conjunction with this online helpline. The goal is to establish an integrated system of senior legal services that any consumer, senior or caregiver, can access for information on legal issues and referrals to attorneys providing pro bono or low-cost services.
The Missouri Senior Legal HelpLine is a project of the Department of Health and Senior services under a grant to coordinate and enhance senior legal services from the Administration on Aging. A Stakeholder Advisory Group assisted with design and development of the HelpLine. Key stakeholders include the Missouri
Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Legal Service Corporations of Missouri, and the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Missouri Bar’s Elder Law Committee, a Circuit Court Judge and representatives from the University of Missouri’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator.