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.
HOW TO REQUEST SERVICES
Services provided by DRCT are free and confidential. Please click here to view a PDF on how to request services.
The point of entry for all requests for assistance is through the intake process. There are a number of ways to make a request:
(860) 297-4300 (voice)
(800) 842-7303 (toll-free CT)
(860) 509-4992 (videophone)
Fax: (860) 296-0055
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.
Website Form: https://www.disrightsct.org/request-services
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.
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
Malpractice – medical, attorney or other
Obtaining Guardianship or Conservatorship
Social Security Disability Determination
Work disability claims.