Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

{P & A Citizenship Justice Belonging}

Welcome to the internet site of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (better known as OPA or simply "P&A").  P&A is an independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut.  Part of a nationwide network of protection and advocacy systems, the Office operates under both State and federal legislative mandates to:
  • provide information, referral, and advocacy services; 
  • pursue legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities who experience disability-related discrimination; 
  • investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that arise in specific service settings or that affect individuals with particular disabilities; and, 
  • provide education, information and training on disability rights to policy makers, advocacy groups and members of the public.

Latest News
Monday, April 24, 2017
Legislative Update
  Updates on legislative issues affecting people with disabilities.

Monday, March 20, 2017
Final Designation Announced
  FINAL REDESIGNATION OF THE CONNECTICUT PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY SYSTEM AND CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. Having received public comment and conducted a public hearing the Governor determined that he will designate a non-profit entity Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) to serve as the new P&A and CAP, effective July 1, 2017.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Abuse Investigation Unit Relocated to Department of Developmental Services
  Effective March 17. 2017, the Protection and Advocacy Abuse Investigation Division has been relocated to the Department of Developmental Services and the telephone number for making reports of suspected abuse or neglect has been changed to 1-844-878-8923. If you would like to report a situation in which abuse or neglect is suspected concerning an individual with an intellectual disability between the ages of 18 and 59, please cal1- 1-844-878-8923. Calls are fielded by the Abuse Investigation Division during normal business hours Monday through Friday. If you receive a message at that number please leave your name and a telephone number where you can be reached and an Investigator will contact you as soon as one becomes available to field your call. If you are calling to report a death resulting from alleged abuse or neglect, please use the same contact number 844-878-8923 and indicate in your message that you are calling to report a such suspicious death. Please note that there is a weekend call back system for responding to death reports. If you are leaving a message after hours please make sure we have contact phone number for where you are currently as well as where you can be reached during the next business day.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Written Comments & Testimony
  Written comments provided to OPM regarding the P&A Redesignation.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
P&A 2016 Annual Report
  Why Celebrate 39 years? Are you asking yourself why P&A is celebrating 39 years? Why not wait until 40? What is so great about 39 years? The short answer is that P&A is closing in June 2017 and will not see its 40th anniversary. The longer answer is that state of Connecticut has decided to close the agency due to economic realities and possible loss of federal funding. However, Public Act 16-66 transfers the Abuse Investigation Division to the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the advocacy functions to a newly designated non-profit entity.

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