CONNECTICUT LEGAL RIGHTS PROJECT, INC. - Info Sheet
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.
Due to a lack of available resources and staff, CLRP attorneys and paralegals will only offer representation in cases that have substantial legal merit. We 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.
In order to avoid duplication of effort and target limited resources, CLRP prioritizes cases involving clients served by DMHAS facilities or DMHAS funded programs. Acceptance of DMHAS services is not a prerequisite to CLRP representation.
CLRP works closely with other agencies and may refer clients who do not meet CLRP priority criteria to organizations such as the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, legal services or private attorneys.
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.
CLRP conducts outreach to Latino clients and is prepared to focus on the problems that Latinos experience with mental heath services.
CLRP también realiza alcance a clientes latinos y esta preparado para enfocarse en los problemas que la comunidad Latina experimenta con los servicios de salud mental.
more information about CLRP call:
Toll Free (877) 402-2299
DISCUSSIONS WITH CLRP ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVATE
CLRP’s main office is in Middletown at Connecticut Valley Hospital. Satellite offices in other areas of the state are staffed on a part-time basis. Calls to these offices are checked daily.
@ Connecticut Valley Hospital
P. O. Box 351 Silver Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 262-5030
Fax: (860) 262-5035
TTY: (860) 262-5066
@ Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center
NEW HAVEN OFFICE
@ Connecticut Mental Health Center
@ Cedarcrest Hospital
@ Southeast Mental Health Authority
@ Capitol Region Mental Health Center
@ Prime Time House
Advance Directives, Patient’s Bill of Rights, Case Management, Community Based Services, Conservatorship, DMHAS Grievance Process, Housing Discrimination, Medication, Myths & Facts, Restrictions on Restraints, Understanding the Difference between Advocacy and Legal Advice
(also available in Spanish)