WE’RE INVITING COMMENTS ON PRIORITIES
For our PADD, PAIR, PAIMI, PATBI, PAAT Programs

The DLP proposes to adopt revised priorities for the the fiscal year beginning October, 2016 (FY17). We invite comments on the proposed priorities. Comments may be submitted to Susan Henry through any of the following methods:

* send email to Susan Henry;
* By mail to Susan Henry, Disabilities Law Program, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 801, Wilmington, DE 19801;
* By phone to Susan Henry at 302-575-0660 or by facsimile to Susan Henry, Disabilities Law Program at 302-575-0840.

Although the DLP invites comments on priorities at any time, we are requesting that all official comments on the FY 17 priorities be submitted by September 30, 2016 to ensure timely consideration.

The priorities can be found below or in the programs and priorities description.

Proposed FY17 PADD Priorities

Proposed FY17 PAIMI Priorities

Proposed FY17 PAIR Priorities

Proposed FY17 PAAT Priorities

Proposed FY17 PATBI Priorities

The Disabilities Law Program (“DLP”) is a special project of Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., which is designated by the Governor as the Protection and Advocacy agency in Delaware.
The DLP provides advocacy services to Delaware residents with physical or mental disabilities. We prioritize our services based on federal agency guidance and needs identified by consumer and community groups.

 

Types of Services Provided

  • Individual Advocacy -including investigation, mediation, negotiation, legal consultation and legal representation.
  • Systemic Advocacy -emphasizing major reform efforts on critical issues affecting client groups through negotiation, legislation, regulatory work, and litigation.
  • General Information – regarding available services, rights and remedies to clients and their families, service providers, attorneys and other representatives.
  • Referral Services – provided to those who may be better served by other sources such as state, local or federal agencies, or other advocacy organizations.
  • Community Education/Self Advocacy Training – community education materials and programs are provided as well as training and legal information workshops.

Eligibility for Services

The Disabilities Law Program includes seven advocacy programs serving individuals with disabilities. Qualifications for each program are described in detail below.

Applying for Services

If you have a legal problem that is related to your disability, you should call the CLASI office nearest you. The voice/tty phone numbers in each county are:

PADD – Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

PADD serves individuals with a severe mental or physical impairment that developed before age 22 which causes multiple major functional limitations that are expected to last indefinitely.

The program also serves young children from birth to age 5 with developmental disabilities, or with conditions that may lead to developmental disabilities without services.

PADD typically assists in securing rights to:

  • Appropriate treatment
  • A free and appropriate public education
  • Freedom from discrimination in housing and family services
  • Accessibility
  • Financial entitlements including Medicaid services and children’s SSI
  • Freedom from abuse and neglect
  • Other rights related to the disability

If you suspect that your child may need special education services in school, you should submit a written request for a special education evaluation to your child’s school.  Click here for a sample special education evaluation request form.

Detailed priorities for PADD can be found here: FY 2016 PADD Priorities.

Proposed FY17 Priorities can be found here: Proposed FY17 PADD Priorities

PAAT – Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology

PAAT serves individuals with disabilities experiencing legal barriers to access to assistive technology devices and services.  Assistive technology includes durable medical equipment, wheelchairs, communication devices, and other disability-related aids.  Individuals of all ages with significant disabilities are eligible for services under PAAT.

Areas of Legal Advocacy

  • PAAT typically assists in securing the rights to:
  • include assistive technology devices and services in Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for special education students;
  • Medicaid coverage of assistive technology devices and services for children and adults with disabilities;
  • appropriate assistive technology devices and services in vocational rehabilitation and employment settings;
  • other services directly related to disability and assistive technology.

Detailed priorities for PAAT can be found here: FY 2016 PAAT Priorities.

Proposed FY17 PATT priorities can be found here: Proposed FY17 PAAT Priorities

PAIR – Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights

PAIR serves individuals with a severe physical or mental disability that is not considered developmental, or that occurred after the age of 22.

PAIR provides advocacy services to protect rights in the areas of:

  • Freedom from discrimination in housing
  • Accessibility to public accommodations
  • Availability and access to transportation
  • Public agency policy accommodations
  • Other rights related to the disability.

Detailed priorities for PAIR can be found here: FY 2016 PAIR Priorities.

Proposed FY17 PAIR Priorities can be found here: Proposed FY17 PAIR Priorities

PAIMI – Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness

PAIMI serves persons with mental illness who either:

  • Reside in a public or private facility (such as a hospital, nursing home, institution, or community care home) or
  • Reside in the community but are at risk of abuse, neglect or civil rights violation.

PAIMI typically provides services in securing rights to:

  • An individualized treatment plan
  • Appropriate treatment
  • A comprehensive discharge plan
  • Freedom from abuse and neglect
  • A free and appropriate public education
  • Other rights related to the disability

If you suspect that your child may need special education services in school, you should submit a written request for a special education evaluation to your child’s school. Click here for a sample special education evaluation request form.

Detailed priorities for PAIMI can be found here: FY 2016 PAIMI Priorities.

Proposed FY17 PAIMI Priorities can be found here: Proposed FY17 PAIMI Priorities

PABSS – Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security

PABSS serves current Social Security or SSI beneficiaries who wish to work, particularly participants in the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. Services include:

  • Provision of information and training on work incentives and employment
  • Advocacy to overcome barriers to employment
  • Investigation of complaints against employers or providers involved in return to work effort; and
  • Correction of defects in vocational rehabilitation, employment and support agencies.

For more information about employment and vocation rights of youth who are in transition to adulthood, visit the DLP’s Transition to Adulthood site.

PATBI – Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury

PATBI serves individuals with traumatic brain injury, an injury to the head caused by blunt, penetrating, or other force which generally results in mental or physical dysfunction.

PATBI typically assists in securing rights to:

  • Special education and vocational training;
  • “Safety net” public benefits such as SSI or Medicaid;
  • Freedom from housing discrimination;
  • Freedom from inappropriate institutionalization;
  • Other rights related to the disability.

Detailed PATBI priorities can be found here: FY 2016 TBI Priorities.

Proposed FY17 PATBI Priorities can be found here: Proposed FY17 PATBI Priorities

PAVA – Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access

PAVA serves individuals with disabilities to ensure full and effective participation in the electoral process.

PAVA typically advocates to overcome policy and physical barriers to voter registration and to access polling sites and usable voting equipment. Typical advocacy includes training, technical assistance, and legal representation. However, Federal guidelines disallow project funds to be used for litigation involving disability-related election access.

History of the Disabilities Law Program

The national Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system was initially established through federal legislation in response to the abuse, neglect and lack of programming in institutions for persons with disabilities. Since 1975 Congress has created several distinct statutory programs to address the needs of different populations of persons with disabilities.

The governor in each state selected an agency to be the P&A system. Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) was designated to be Delaware’s P&A system, and provides legal advocacy services through its Disabilities Law Program. Since 1977 the Disabilities Law Program has grown to include its current seven specialized programs.

New Castle County:
100 W. Tenth St., Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-575-0690
302-575-0696 (TTY/TDD)
800-292-7980

Kent County:
840 Walker Road
Dover, DE 19904
302-674-8503 (TTY/TDD Also)
800-537-8383

Sussex County:
Georgetown Professional Park
20151 Office Circle
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-856-3742 (TTY/TDD Also)
800-462-7070