Nursing home residents who can’t afford a lawyer or even an attorney general, for example, can’t take advantage of state rules designed to protect families.
So they have no recourse.
The result: Families have to rely on an increasingly complex legal system to keep their loved ones alive.
It can take months for a family member to receive a diagnosis and get the legal help they need to make it through the long legal process.
It’s a nightmare for the families of nursing home residents, whose legal battles are often complicated by complex medical issues that affect the quality of their care.
The New York Times reported this month that the state has nearly 1,300 cases of nursing homes that are at risk of being closed.
Families who can afford lawyers and are willing to pay the costs are able to sue the state for what is essentially a civil right.
It makes sense: the courts are supposed to provide legal representation for the most vulnerable, but the system for doing so is broken, according to a report by the Center for Disability Rights.
A 2015 analysis by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty found that in New York State, only one in eight of the state’s attorneys general, judges, and attorneys general who represent people with disabilities have a disability or a disability-related experience.
The study found that lawyers and other professionals who work in the legal profession were less likely to be disabled than other types of lawyers, including court clerks.
But a study by the New York Civil Liberties Union found that disability-rights lawyers were twice as likely to have experienced discrimination, including sexual harassment, as other types.
The Center for Law and Policy also found that attorneys and other lawyers with disabilities were twice the risk of harassment as other attorneys in their field.
And a 2016 report from the Center on Disability Rights found that “lawyers with disabilities are disproportionately represented in the state legislature and at the federal level, and have a disproportionate impact on the work of state disability lawyers and those who represent them in federal court.”
That’s why, according a 2015 study by researchers at Cornell University, “the legal services for persons with disabilities represent only a small share of the total legal spending on state programs.”
The problem goes deeper than just legal costs, according the report.
“The problem of legal representation is not just a cost to the public but is also a health care issue, affecting many families,” the study found.
It found that a disproportionate number of people with intellectual disabilities were denied access to medical care because of barriers to access.
A 2013 study by Johns Hopkins University found that people with mental illness are more likely to experience mental health issues than people without mental illness.
A 2016 study by New York City Health and Hospitals Department found that there were an estimated 4,000 more people with HIV in New Yorkers with mental illnesses in 2015 than there were in New Orleans in 2015.
A recent study by a group of researchers found that mental health care can be a barrier to getting a job, and the mental health community has fought for years to create policies that would prevent discrimination based on mental health.
A few states, like Minnesota and Tennessee, have passed laws that require a person to receive counseling and social services to get the support they need.
The National Center for State Courts and the Center to Protect Patient Rights have teamed up to help educate the public on the needs of people who are living in a nursing home.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the number of [families] being denied legal representation has been significant,” said Sarah Smith, senior policy counsel at the Center.
“This is just a symptom of the bigger problem of our lack of access to services.”
In an email, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services said that the agency “is committed to providing appropriate and effective legal services to people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.”