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Thomas Behrendt, Counsel Emeritus

After serving for over a dozen years as CLRP's Legal Director, Tom Behrendt retired in 2008. Since then, he has served as Counsel Emeritus at CLRP. Prior to coming to Connecticut, he was with Mental Hygiene Legal Service in New York State, where he was a founding member of its Special Litigation and Appeals Unit.


Tom was recently was honored with the Charles J. Parker Legal Services Award from the Connecticut Bar Association (2018) and is a past recipient of the Spirit of the ADA Award (Americans with Disabilities Coalition of Connecticut, 2012). He was a long time board member and past president of NARPA, the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy, and was a founding board member of Advocacy Unlimited. Tom currently serves on the board of Disability Rights Connecticut, and he is a past co-chair of the PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Councils in Connecticut as well as in New York, where he was also active with Project Release and the Free Association.




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