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
Friday, November 14, 2014
Special Education Clinics Update
  Space is still available The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A) is hosting a Special Education Clinic on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The following is some information to clarify the structure of the day and what participants need to bring to the clinic. Clinic at a Glance: Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 Location: 60B Weston Street, Hartford Connecticut Time: 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 PM - Training is from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Participants will then have an opportunity to meet individually with an experienced special education advocate for a one (1) hour consultation session. What to Bring: Educational records for the past three (3) years. Appointments: Appointments are Required! Please call to schedule. Contact Information: For more information, please contact P&A at the numbers below: 860-297—4381 (VOICE) 1800--842-7303 (Toll Free, Voice/TTY) 860-297-4380 (TTY) 860-297-4381 ESPAÑOL

Thursday, November 06, 2014
Special Education Clinic
  Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Do you have a child with a disability? Would you like to speak with an experienced advocate about your child's educational need?

Thursday, November 06, 2014
Families for Families: Creating a Better Future
  How families are working together to create DDS support system that works for ALL people with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of 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.

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