What We Do – Case Criteria

In accepting cases for limited or full representation, DRC-NH will consider the following:

  • Does the individual meet eligibility criteria?
  • Does the case have legal merit?
  • Do we have the capacity, funding and expertise to provide quality representation?
  • Does the case fit within our priorities?
  • What is the likelihood that our advocacy would make a positive difference to people with disabilities?
  • Would our advocacy result in services being provided in a more integrated setting?

DRC-NH does not provide legal advice or representation to people with disabilities in the following areas:

In these cases, a staff member will provide referrals to other resources.

  • Family matters (divorce, child custody, child support)
  • Estate planning including Wills and Trusts
  • Criminal Proceedings in which the person charged is seeking representation
  • Prison conditions, except as they directly relate to a disability
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal injury cases not related to restraint, seclusion, or abuse
  • Representation of families to obtain guardianship and representation of individuals with disabilities in guardianship proceedings, except when DRC-NH is appointed to represent the individual with the disability
  • Involuntary emergency admissions (IEA)
  • Private insurance – long term disability or short term disability appeals
  • SSI or SSDI eligibility or redetermination
  • Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure
  • Evictions based on non-payment of rent
  • VA cash benefits
  • Food stamps
  • Any case not directly related to a person’s disability

Grievance Policy and Procedures

It is the policy of the DRC-NH to provide all clients and those seeking services with a copy of the Grievance Policy and Procedures and an opportunity to file a grievance. If you choose to file a grievance, you are assured that no adverse repercussions will occur to you in any future interaction with the DRC-NH.

A grievance may be filed for the following reasons:

  1.  You feel that you were improperly denied services (Grievance Policy and Procedures – Part 1)
  2. You feel that the services were not effective (Grievance Policy and Procedures – Part 1)
  3. You feel that you were improperly denied a reasonable
    accommodation (Grievance Policy and Procedures – Part II)