The mission of SCLO is to provide critically needed advocacy and legal representation to residents sixty years of age and older in order to uphold their rights, maximize their autonomy and ensure that they receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Pursuant to Older Americans Act guidelines, SCLO gives special priority to seniors who are economically needy, socially isolated, medically frail and institutionalized.
Where We Work
SCLO is the only legal services agency in New Mexico whose program provides direct legal representation for the problems and needs of the elderly in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties.
SCLO utilizes a comprehensive approach to legal assistance that includes:
- Community education through presentations and workshops
- Direct legal advocacy through clinics
- Representation at administrative hearings
- Systemic advocacy
SCLO’s case priority issues include:
- Income/public benefits
- Health and long term care
- Housing and utilities
- Protective services
- Abuse and neglect
- Financial exploitation
- Consumer protection