Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

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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
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Clarification of Medicaid Coverage o Services to Children with Autism
  In response to increased interest and activity with respect to services available to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing information on approaches available under the federal Medicaid program for providing services to eligible individuals with ASD.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014
EPSDT: A Guide for States
  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services booklet on Early and Periodic Screening; Diagnostic and Treatment; - A Guide for States. Coverage in the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014
DOJ entered a settlement agreement under the ADA
  The Department of Justice announced today that it has entered a settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect the right of qualified bar applicants with mental health disabilities to have equal access to the legal profession. The agreement prohibits the Louisiana Supreme Court (the Court) from asking unnecessary and intrusive questions about bar applicants’ mental health diagnosis or treatment. The agreement also requires the Court to refrain from imposing unnecessary burdens on bar applicants with mental health disabilities, such as requests for medical records, compulsory medical examinations, or onerous monitoring and reporting requirements.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Save the Date
  Candidates' Forum on Disability Issues,

Thursday, May 08, 2014
U.S. District Court Legal Notice
  To Residents of Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford or Bidwell Care Center in Manchester: You may be entitled to live in the community with appropriate supports. A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer. Aviso Legal del Tribunal de Distrito de los EE.UU. Residentes de Chelsea Place Care Center en Hartford y Bidwell Care Center en Manchester: Usted podría tener derecho a vivir en la comunidad con la ayuda de servicios y apoyo adecuados. Un tribunal federal autorizó esta notificación. Este mensaje no es un anuncio publicitario de una firma de abogado. (Spanish version)

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