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On June 1, 2013 Disability Rights New York (Disability Advocates, Inc.) (DRNY) became New York State’s designated Protection and Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP). As such, we assumed responsibility for all of the P&A/CAP Programs in the state. Since 1989, it has been the mission of DRNY to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have disabilities so that they can freely exercise their own life choices, enforce their rights, and fully participate in their community life. We achieve this goal through advocacy, litigation, coalition-building, public information, and technical support for other advocates, for people with disabilities in New York.

Our litigation has defeated efforts by municipalities to exclude housing for persons with disabilities, assured the accessibility of movie theaters and state operated community residences, established the right to counsel at public expense for indigent persons subject to guardianship proceedings, stopped dangerous experiments on patients in state psychiatric hospitals, and obtained compensation for victims of unnecessary and unconsented prostate surgery.

We may be contacted at:

Disability Rights New York
725 Broadway, Suite 450
Albany, NY 12207-2374
(518) 432-7861 (voice)
(518) 512-3448 (TTY)
(800) 993-8982 (toll-free voice/TTY)
(518) 427-6561 (fax)
email us

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DRNY News

DRNY Seeks Applications For Board Of Directors

As the newly designated statewide P&A/CAP agency, the DRNY Board must truly represent the disability, cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and geographic diversity of all New Yorkers. Federal law requires that DRNY's Board Members meet the following standards:

  • Broadly represent or are knowledgeable about the needs of the individuals served by the Protection and Advocacy and Client Assistance Program systems;

  • That a majority of the Board shall be individuals with mental, physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are eligible for services, or have received or are receiving services; or parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of such individuals;

  • Must be independent of any agency in the State which provides treatment or services (other than advocacy services) to individuals with mental illness;  and 

  • Must be independent of any agency that provides treatment, services, or habilitation to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

DRNY shall expand its Board to 15 members. To assist DRNY with this expansion, the Board has approved the creation of the Protection and Advocacy Nominating Committee (PANC). The PANC shall have the responsibility of putting forth recommendations of qualified candidates to DRNY's Board for consideration of vacant positions. Click HERE for an overview of all DRNY's P&A/CAP programs. 

If you are interested in being considered for the Board, please fill out the APPLICATION and return to:

Cliff Zucker, Esq.
General Counsel

Disability Rights New York
725 Broadway, Suite 450
Albany, NY 12207

cz@disabilityadvocates.org

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DRNY Seeks Applicants for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Advisory Council

 

Disability Rights New York is soliciting applicants for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Advisory Council.  The PADD Advisory Council will be comprised of approximately 7-9 people representing all parts of the state.  A majority of the members shall be individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are eligible for services, or have received or are receiving services or parents or family members, (including those representing individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who live in institutions and home and community based settings), guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of such individuals. For more information about the position see the public notice

To be considered for membership to the PADD Advisory Council please submit an application.  All applications will be presented to DRNY’s Board of Directors for approval.   

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DRNY Seeks Applicants for Its

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with

Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council

Disability Rights New York is soliciting applications for its Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council.

PAIMI Advisory Council members will be appointed by the DRNY Board of Directors and consist of approximately 10-15 people representing all parts of New York State.  As required by the federal statute authorizing DRNY’s PAIMI work, a majority of Advisory Council members will be individuals who have received or are receiving mental health services or who are family members of such individuals, and the Advisory Council chairperson must come from among this group.  Other Advisory Council members will include attorneys, mental health professionals, providers of mental health services, and other individuals who are knowledgeable about mental illness and the advocacy needs of persons with mental illness.

The Advisory Council will provide DRNY’s Board of Directors and staff with advice and recommendations regarding the PAIMI program, including having a significant role in establishing DRNY’s priorities for its mental health advocacy work.  Meetings will be held at least three times each year, and reimbursement of travel expenses is available consistent with DRNY policies.

To be considered for membership to the PAIMI Advisory Council please submit an application.  All applications will be presented to DRNY’s Board of Directors for approval.  For more information about this process or the application,  please contact Mark Murphy, PAIMI Director, at mark.murphy@disabilityrightsny.org

 

 

 

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