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Programs > Legal Advocacy

Individuals with a mental illness can take advantage of legal advocacy services offered by MHA through a contract with Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

The goal of the Legal Advocacy program is to help consumers of the community mental health system in Niagara County:

  • Maintain continuity of care
  • Protect their legal rights
  • Help obtain essential public benefits and necessary services

Both administrative and judicial services are offered (Please note: This program does not address criminal matters or civil law suits). All investigations, reports, recommendations and services are confidential and provided without fee to eligible clients.

Legal Advocacy Services can be provided for

  • Supplemental Security/Social Security Disability
  • Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Orders of Protection, Support
  • Landlord/Tenant Problems
  • Utility Shut-off Notices
  • Bankruptcy
  • Complaints regarding out-patient mental health services
CSS eligible clients can receive legal assistance
with SSI/SSD, Medicaid and food stamps, public assistance, landlord tenant problems, divorce, child support, custody and visitation, orders of protection and bankruptcy.


For the above services, the Mental Health Association in Niagara County, Inc. contracts with Niagara County Legal Aid Society, a division of Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. This program is funded through N.Y.S. Office of Mental Health Community Support Service. To be eligible an individual must have a current mental health diagnosis.

If you wish to contact a representative of Legal Advocacy Services, please call (716) 433-3780, ext. 315.

Appointments and Walk-Ins:
A representative of Legal Advocacy is available to meet with clients on Wednesdays from 9am to 4pm at the MHA office in Lockport. Walk-in appointments available. To schedule an appointment, please call the number above.

Mental Health Association
36 Pine Street
Lockport, NY 14094


MHA: The Information and Referral Specialists
Mental Health Association of Niagara County
36 Pine Street
Lockport, New York 14094
Phone: 716-433-3780
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