CONNECTICUT LEGAL RIGHTS PROJECT, INC.
Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc., is an independent, non-profit agency advocating for the rights of adults with, or perceived as having, psychiatric disabilities.
Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc., (CLRP) is a statewide non-profit agency which provides free legal services to low income adults with psychiatric disabilities, who reside in hospitals or the community, on matters related to their treatment, recovery, and civil rights. CLRP represents clients in accordance with their expressed preferences in administrative, judicial, and legislative venues to enforce their legal rights and assure that personal choices are respected and individual self-determination is protected. CLRP develops and supports initiatives to promote full community integration which maximizes opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency.
CLRP’s attorneys and paralegals provide services ranging from brief advice and information to full legal representation with legal issues related to:
- Services and/or treatment and discharge from Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services or other providers;
- Inpatient issues including, but not limited to: Fresh air, privilege levels, medication, seclusion and restraint.
- Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Connecticut Patients’ Bill of Rights, death or substantial injury in a state-facility, disability discrimination in employment, advance directives, and right to community-based services;
- Explaining rights in probate procedures such as commitment and conservatorships;
- Appeals from probate court orders regarding conservatorships and forced medication; and
- Assisting clients in 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.
CLRP staff is available to speak with people in recovery, families, community groups and providers about the rights and responsibilities of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.