Alison Hirschel is the Director and Managing Attorney of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative where she oversees legal advocacy and ombudsman programs for older adults and people with disabilities. She also serves as a Public Interest/Public Service Fellow and on the adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan Law School. Alison writes and speaks frequently on issues that affect vulnerable adults. She is the co-chair of Michigan’s Medical Care Advisory Council, Vice President of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care, and she was appointed to serve on Michigan’s Elder Abuse Task Force and the Governor’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. Alison is also a former Commissioner on the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. Alison received her B.A. in 1981 from the University of Michigan and her J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School.
Two years ago, Michigan’s system for providing emergency aid to families was burdensome and broken. The state denied residents help keeping the heat on if they had more than $50 in the bank. To get food assistance, even homeless people often had to produce bank statements. In many counties, a third of applicants faced delays […]