CLRP’s attorneys and paralegals provide services ranging from brief advice and information to full legal representation on legal issues related to:
- Services and/or treatment and discharge from Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services or other providers;
- Inpatient hospital issues including, but not limited to: recovery planning, fresh air, privilege levels, privacy, medication, safety, seclusion and restraint;
- Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Connecticut Patients’ Bill of Rights, death or substantial injury in a state-facility, and right to community-based services;
- Disability discrimination in employment (training and consultation);
- Advance Directives to control health care and end of life decisions;
- Probate Court matters such as commitment and conservatorships, explaining rights and procedures, and collaborating with court appointed attorneys;
- Probate Court orders regarding conservatorships and forced medication; and
- Obtaining or maintaining stable housing by preventing eviction, public housing authority interventions, (including housing voucher issues) investigating housing denials and discrimination in obtaining or retaining housing, and requesting reasonable accommodations.
Due to a lack of available resources and staff, CLRP attorneys and paralegals will only offer representation in cases that have substantial legal merit, and cannot accept every case.
CLRP DOES NOT ACCEPT divorce, custody, parental termination, child in need of care, wills, estates, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, immigration, criminal defense cases (or other cases where people are entitled to court-appointed lawyers) or cases not substantially related to a person’s psychiatric disability.