Protection and Advocacy for Individuals With Disabilities

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    Programs that provide assistance for individuals with disabilities who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits and services to which they are entitled by law. Included are federally mandated programs that are part of the formal protection and advocacy system which includes Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI), Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) and the Client Assistance Program (CAP); and independent organizations that provide the same types of services. Protection and advocacy programs provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under federal and state laws, for all people with disabilities and endeavor to ensure full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlements, health care, accessible housing and productive employment opportunities. The programs maintain a presence in facilities that care for people with disabilities where they monitor, investigate and attempt to remedy adverse conditions. CAP agencies (many of which are housed within protection and advocacy offices) provide information and assistance for individuals seeking or receiving vocational rehabilitation services under the Rehabilitation Act, including assistance in pursuing administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies.

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    Disease/Disability Care ServicesSAIL offers individuals with disabilities, family members, and other interested parties assistance and advocacy related to benefit and entitlement programs, community services, and other local, state, or federal programs. Services include advocacy and assistance with Social Security applications and appeals, and applications and appeals concerning State and local resources (including Personal Care services, home health aide services, in-home nursing, homemaker services, public assistance, food stamps, early Intervention services, Family Health Plus, Medicaid, transportation, Medicaid waivers, etc.). Where necessary, assistance and advocacy is provided for informal appeals, fair hearings, and administrative law reviews. In addition, advocacy and assistance is provided for children of school age concerning the CSE process and meetings, as well as for issues involving IDEA, FAPE, transition planning, Work-Study, and other school-related services. Assistance and advocacy are also provided for individuals who choose to access services through VESID, CBVH, OMRDD, OMH, SOFA, DOT, Hospice, and other state and local agencies.WarrenADVOCACY AND LEGAL SERVICESSOUTHERN ADIRONDACK INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER
    Housing ServicesCertified Apartment Program provides affordable housing, intensive skills training and ongoing support to individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness. The program is intended to be transitional in nature and is designed to improve an individual's community living skills level to the point where they are able to move on to a more independent housing option. The program utilizes both single and double scattered site rental units located in the City of Schenectady and has the capacity to serve 40 individuals at any given time. The level of service provided by staff varies according to the needs of each individual. SchenectadyCERTIFIED APARTMENT PROGRAMMOHAWK OPPORTUNITIES
    Legal/Court ServicesOffers legal counseling and representation for people with physical, mental or developmental disabilities who have been victims of abuse, neglect or violated rights.AlbanyDISABILITY RIGHTS LEGAL ASSISTANCEDISABILITY RIGHTS NEW YORK (DRNY)

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