Supplemental Needs Trusts and ABLE Act Discussion Open to Community Members



TO: News Editors

DATE: April 13, 2015

CONTACT: Missy Goetschius, Public Relations Director, The Arc of Chemung

CONTACT INFO: 607.734.6151 x122 or email


RE: Supplemental Needs Trusts and ABLE Act Discussion Open to Community Members




Elmira, NY – The Arc of Chemung announces that on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., it will host James Hayes to discuss Supplemental Needs Trusts and the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act. Members of the community and media partners are invited to attend. We ask that interested parties R.S.V.P., by Friday, April 17th, to Shelley James at 607.734.6151 x112 or via email The Arc of Chemung is located at 711 Sullivan Street in ŸElmira.

James. M. Hayes joined Hinman, Howard & Kattell in 1968 and focuses his practice on housing issues, guardianship, estate planning, special needs trusts, disability issues including Medicaid, Medicare and disability benefits, as well as banking and commercial law. 

Mr. Hayes has significant experience in helping people with disabilities and their families, including volunteer work with NYSARC, Inc., the nation’s largest organization serving the developmentally disabled, ACHIEVE, the Broome County affiliate of NYSARC, Inc., the Mental Health Association in Broome County, and SEPP Elderly Housing Group. 

Mr. Hayes has handled hundreds of proceedings for the appointment of guardians for the developmentally disabled, persons with mental illness, and the elderly with reduced cognitive ability. He has assisted many families in establishing special needs trusts to preserve eligibility for government benefits and in long range planning of estates and trusts for families with disabled children.

Mr. Hayes has extensive experience in the development and financing of subsidized housing for the elderly and disabled, including the use of low income housing tax credits and historic preservation tax credits as financing devices.

Mr. Hayes has lectured repeatedly to both attorney organizations and community groups on the subjects of guardianships, special needs trusts and estates, and financial planning for persons with disabilities.

Mr. Hayes has been extensively involved in community organizations serving the disabled and their families. He is a Past President and current Legal Advisor to the SEPP Elderly Housing Corp.; the past Chairman of the Broome County Mental Health Advisory Board; the past Chairman and current Member of the Guardianship Committee, NYSARC Inc.; the Chairman of the Legal Committee for NYSARC, Inc.; a past President and current Director of ACHIEVE; the past President and Director of the Mental Health Association in Broome County Inc.; Director and past Chairman for the ACHIEVE Foundation; and a Trustee of the NYSARC Trust and NYSARC Community Trusts. He is also the Chairman of the Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation.



Founded in 1953, The Arc of Chemung is a person-centered, not for profit organization committed to meeting the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the Chemung County area. The agency provides quality supports and opportunities for individual growth for every person supported by means of education, increased community acceptance and participation.

The Arc of Chemung supports more than 800 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families annually. Learn more at The Arc of Chemung is a chapter of the state agency, NYSARC, Inc. and is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).