Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Mission Project


The Voice is the email newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Craig C. Reaves of Reaves Law Firm, PC. in Kansas City, Missouri. Holding the CELA (Certified Elder Law Attorney) designation from the National Elder Law Foundation, he is a Past President and Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and has been selected for inclusion on the Kansas and Missouri Super Lawyers list for every year since 2005. Mr. Reaves is an adjunct professor of elder law at the law schools of the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He practices law in Kansas and Missouri with major emphasis in the areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs trusts and planning for persons who have a disability.

The Mission Project2019-07-01T16:56:16+00:00

The Danger of Medicaid Block Grants


by Bridget O'Brien Swartz The budget deficit dialogue underway at both state and federal levels seriously threatens the well-being of individuals with disabilities.  Various proposals to restructure Medicaid are being floated, but the one that has received the most publicity would end the federal government’s commitment to  pay approximately 60 percent of state expenditures for [...]

The Danger of Medicaid Block Grants2019-08-26T19:31:21+00:00

Planning for Adult Children with Disabilities


The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Bryn Anne Poland and Pi-Yi Mayo, of the Law Office of Pi-Yi Mayo, in Baytown, Texas ( Their practice focuses on elder law and special needs planning, including special needs trusts, Medicare set-asides, and Qualified Settlement Funds. Both are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Texas chapter (TX NAELA). Pi-Yi is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Special Needs Alliance Executive Committee member, and currently serves on the Board of the TX NAELA chapter. Bryn graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 2007 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Houston Bar Association. Together they have authored many papers covering topics from long term care insurance to Pickle people (

Planning for Adult Children with Disabilities2011-06-17T00:00:00+00:00