WHO WE HELP

At Disability Rights Connecticut, we provide legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology, community integration, voting, and rights protection issues. DRCT also addresses issues through policy advocacy, education, monitoring, and investigation.

Disability Rights Conntecituct is also Connecticut's federally mandated Protection and Advocacy System for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI), which is guided by the PAIMI Advisory Council. In order to be as effective as possible with limited resources, and to comply with federal requirements, Disability Rights Connecticut must set focus areas for our work each year.

Please click here for our focus areas.

HOW TO REQUEST SERVICES

Services provided by DRCT are free and confidential. Please click here to view a PDF on how to request services.

  1. The point of entry for all requests for assistance is through the intake process. There are a number of ways to make a request:

  • Call

    (860) 297-4300 (voice)

    (800) 842-7303 (toll-free CT)

    (860) 509-4992 (videophone)

  • E-mail: Info@disrightsct.org

  • Fax: (860) 296-0055

  •  U.S. Mail

    Disability Rights Connecticut

    846 Wethersfield Ave.

    Hartford, CT 06114

  • Walk-in: Walk-ins are accepted, but please make an appointment ahead of time so we can have a staff member available and please make it known if an accommodation is needed.

We respond to each request in the order it is received. Please allow 1-3 business days for a response. Letters received via mail or fax will be assigned within 3 days of receipt and responded to within 7 days.

2.    Each request is assigned to an intake advocate. The intake advocate will ask you for contact and demographic (i.e. race, gender) information. The advocate will also ask you for the  details of your request for assistance. The demographic information that DRCT collects is required for reports to our funding sources about the populations of people we are serving.

3.    All requests for assistance receive at least an information and referral level of assistance.  Requests that meet DRCT mandates or focus areas, may receive additional assistance.  The intake advocate will provide more information about the process, when necessary. 

Issues Not Handled By Disability Rights Connecticut

The following is a list of issues not handled by Disability Rights Connecticut. This is not an exhaustive list and other factors may be considered when making determinations about case representation:

  • Issues unrelated to an individual’s disability with the exception of employment related issues for Social Security Beneficiaries.

  • Bankruptcy

  • Criminal law

  • Family law (divorce, child custody)

  • Financial Assistance – we do not provide monetary benefits i.e. housing, utilities bills

  • Filling out applications to receive Social Security, SSI/SSDI or overpayments

  • HUSKY Medicare/Medicaid, unless accommodation-related

  • Eviction

  • Malpractice – medical, attorney or other

  • Obtaining Guardianship or Conservatorship  

  • Personal Injury

  • Property Law

  • Providing housing

  • Social Security Disability Determination

  • Wills

  • Work disability claims.

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