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Best Practice

Vol. 7, Nos. 1 & 2

On Delivery of Legal Assistance to Older Persons

April 1996

Legal Assistance and Reporting

As legal assistance providers funded by the Older Americans Act and Legal Services Corporation (LSC) know too well, this past year has been difficult and challenging for all involved in the delivery of legal assistance to members of the most vulnerable segments of society: the poor and older persons in need. Changes in perceptions of and attitudes toward legal services have dramatically affected funding levels and caused legal providers to reevaluate their priorities. While the reasons behind the changes are varied, two clear mandates for the legal services community have emerged:

Meaningful reporting is one simple and effective method to help ensure that targeting occurs and that Congress and funding sources are aware of the tremendous value of legal assistance. Therefore, this issue of Best Practice Notes is devoted to examining reporting -- its purposes, current Older Americans Act and Administration on Aging reporting requirements, the information these requirements capture, and action legal assistance providers and state and area agencies need to take to ensure that meaningful information is captured and used to promote appreciation and support for legal services.

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