Legal Advocacy Services works to assure continuity of care and to protect the rights of consumers of the mental health system.
The Legal Advocacy Services provides an attorney to represent mental health clients in a variety of administrative and judicial settings to obtain essential public benefits, gain necessary services, and to protect their legal rights.
Legal Advocacy for :
- Supplemental Security/Social Security Disability
- Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Orders of Protection, Support
- Landlord/Tenant Problems
- Utility Shut Off Notices
- Simple Wills
- Complaints regarding out patient mental health services.
This program is funded through N.Y.S. Office of Mental Health Community Support Service. To be eligible an individual must have a mental health diagnosis.
This program does not address criminal matters or civil law suits.
The Mental Health Association in Niagara County, Inc. contracts with Niagara County Legal Aid Society, a division of Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.