For low-income families of loved ones with special needs
The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) Developmental Disabilities Legal Clinic provides free legal assistance for low-income individuals and families who have family members with developmental disabilities and special health care needs (you must qualify as low-income in order to receive assistance). Assistance is restricted to specific legal issues related to:
COPES and Medicaid personal care hours
Developmental Disabilities Administration services
Long-term care services, including nursing home (or ALF or other facility)
Care provider terminations, based on character, competence or suitability issues, or criminal convictions or APC/CPS findings; termination of providers for criminal background check reasons (includes childcare providers and in-home care providers under COPES and MPC programs)
Adult day health: denials, terminations, or reductions
Mental health: denial, termination, or reduction of mental health services
SSI/SSDI: termination of SSDI/SSI for any non-disability related reason
Working Connections Child Care benefits
Clients are seen by confirmed appointment only. Appointments are scheduled for the second Wednesday of every month. Open Doors advocates make referrals to the clinic by sending a completed referral form to NJP. NJP will screen the referral for eligibility. NJP and Open Doors schedule appointments and interpreters. Appointments will be scheduled for the next available opening on a monthly basis. Download blank referral form here.
Please bring all documents about the legal issue in question: court or fair hearing documents, notices and copies of assessments, and if not a U.S. citizen, please bring proof of legal status.
Eligible clients will be able to meet with a legal advocate during an appointment lasting about one hour. In most cases, the NJP Developmental Disabilities Legal Clinic does not assist with ongoing representation.