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
- 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: