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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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


Open Doors for Multicultural Families

24437 Russell Rd., Suite 220
Kent, Washington  98032


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