The EFLRP staff, pictured above, will continue to serve vulnerable, elderly populations in New York.

The EFLRP staff, pictured above, will continue to serve vulnerable, elderly populations in New York.

On April 1, NYLAG welcomed the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP), formerly part of Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., as the agency’s newest legal services division. The move enhances NYLAG’s ability to advocate for and provide legal representation to low-income elderly and disabled clients.

EFLRP provides legal services to hundreds of elderly clients each year, helping them navigate the complex systems that provide access to health care and home care. The Program also trains hundreds of social workers, health care providers, and other professionals throughout the State, arming them with information and advocacy strategies. Since its inception, EFLRP has been led by Valerie J. Bogart, a recognized public interest attorney and leading expert in Medicare and Medicaid policy. Through the merger, EFLRP’s seven-member team will join NYLAG as a new division under Bogart’s continued leadership.

“We applaud Selfhelp’s vision in recognizing 11 years ago the need for advocacy and educational resources in the area of public health care – resources that are more necessary than ever today,” said Yisroel Schulman, NYLAG’s President and Attorney-in-Charge. “The Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program has led the way in providing a continuum of legal services. In particular, EFLRP has a depth of expertise in policy advocacy. We are excited about the many synergies that already exist and that will be strengthened over time.”

EFLRP was launched by Selfhelp in 2002, and is named for Evelyn Frank, a dedicated legal services lawyer in California, who for 17 years challenged cutbacks in that state’s Medicaid program affecting seniors, people with disabilities and children. Evelyn Frank died in 1993 at the age of 46. Her father, the late Hans Frank, established the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program in her memory. Mr. Frank was a Holocaust survivor, a founding partner of the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, and a Board member and supporter of Selfhelp and NYLAG.

“This is the right merger at the right time,” said Bogart. “NYLAG and EFLRP share many synergies. EFLRP has a depth of experience in policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels, working to ensure strong consumer protections. NYLAG’s specialized service units support the unique health care needs of at-risk client populations, including hospital patients, immigrants and victims of domestic violence.” The two organizations also share a special commitment to helping victims of Nazi persecution through complementary projects.