Legal Clinic

FREE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES LEGAL CLINIC

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) Developmental Disabilities Legal Clinic provides free legal assistance for low-income individuals and fam­i­lies who have fam­ily mem­bers with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties and spe­cial health care needs (you must qualify as low-income in order to receive assistance). Assistance is restricted to specific legal issues related to:

  • TANF
  • Medical Assistance
  • Overpayments
  • COPES and Medicaid Personal Care hours
  • Developmental Disabilities Administration services
  • Long-term care services:  including nursing home (or ALF or other facility)
  • Care provider terminations based on character, competence or suitability issues, or criminal convictions or APS/CPS findings; termination of providers for criminal background check reasons (includes childcare providers and in-home care providers under COPES and MPC programs).
  • Adult Day Health: denials, terminations reductions.
  • Mental Health:  denial, termination or reduction of mental health services.
  • SSI/SSDI:  termination of SSDI/SSI for any non-disability related reason.
  •  Working Connections Child Care benefits
  • Guardianships

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DATE/TIME

Clients are seen by confirmed appointment only.  Appointments are scheduled for the second Wednesday of every month.  Open Doors advocates make referrals to the clinic by sending a completed referral form to NJP.  NJP will screen the referral for eligibility.  NJP and Open Doors schedule appointments and interpreters.  Appointments will be scheduled for the next available opening on a monthly basis.

Download Blank Referral Form: 

Open Doors Clinic Advocate Referral Form 2016

LOCATION

Open Doors for Multicultural Families

24437 Russell Rd., Suite 220
Kent, Washington  98032

WHAT TO BRING?

Please bring all documents about the legal issue in question:

  • Court or fair hearing documents
  • Notices, copies of assessments.
  • If not a U.S. citizen, please bring proof of legal status.

Eligible clients will be able to meet with a legal advocate during an appointment lasting about one hour. In most cases, the NJP Developmental Disabilities Legal Clinic does not assist with ongoing representation.

This service is specifically for low-income individuals and fam­i­lies who have fam­ily mem­bers with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties and spe­cial health care needs