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    Programs that intercede on behalf of individuals to help them establish eligibility for or obtain needed services when they have been denied benefits or services for which they are eligible, when they need assistance to communicate their needs to a service provider or to otherwise effectively represent themselves, or when they have a complaint about a service. Individual advocacy attempts to reach equitable settlements without resorting to litigation and seeks to meet individual needs without attempting to change social institutions.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    Advocacy Services - Arc of Northeastern PennsylvaniaInformation and Referral - Individuals and families may not be aware of community supports and services available for them. Therefore, The Arc will provide information about available community resources and make referrals as needed. Individual Advocacy - In most cases this is a short term association between the advocate and the client. Issues are diverse and include accessing services, employment, benefits, exploitation, education, housing, abuse, neglect, legal matters and more. Systems Advocacy and Governmental Affairs - In line with our on-going effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc actively communicates with legislators regarding pending and/or necessary legislation. Public Awareness and Community Education - The Arc speaks to individuals and groups on various issues related to prevention and reducing the consequence of intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, research, advocacy, and the support of families, friends and community.LackawannaArc of Northeastern Pennsylvania, TheArc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
    AHEADDCoaching, mentoring & personal advocacy for college students with: Asperger's Syndrome; Attention Deficit Disorder; High-Functioning Autism; Learning Disabilities; Non-Verbal Learning Disability.AlleghenyAHEADDAHEADD
    Arc of Delaware County - Adult AdvocacyServices provide information & referral, individual advocacy and systems advocacy regarding issues of adult community life. Those core issues in adult advocacy include functional supports and services, social supports, employment and housing, health care, benefits, and the quality of community life.DelawareArc of Delaware County - Delaware; SwarthmoreArc of Delaware County
    Autism Society of America - Westmoreland County ChapterThe Autism Society is the resource of the autism community for advocacy.WestmorelandAutism Society of America - Westmoreland County ChapterAutism Society of America - Westmoreland County Chapter
    Disability Rights Pennsylvania - PhiladelphiaProvides advocacy and support to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.PhiladelphiaDisability Rights PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania
    Disability Rights Pennsylvania - PittsburghProvides protection and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. Works with people with disabilities and their families to ensure their rights to live in their communities with the services they need, to receive a full and inclusive education, to live free of discrimination, abuse and neglect and to have control and self-determination over their services.AlleghenyDisability Rights PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania
    Education Law Center - Ensuring That All Children Have Access to SchoolMany children are kept out of school, or endure long delays, because their districts or schools do not understand (or have chosen not to follow) the law. Among those most affected are children in foster and group homes, homeless children, children returning from juvenile placements, and immigrant children. In 2009, ELC seeks to obtain new state policies that will make the rules clear to schools and districts, plus an appeal process that families can use when problems develop. Children in the child welfare system face a host of additional school problems. When their living arrangements change, they may be forced to change schools, even though the law says that they can continue where they are unless their needs require otherwise. County child welfare staff do not routinely monitor these students’ school performance, or seek help for those who are struggling. And while many of these children have disabilities, some do not have parents who can represent them in the special education process. In 2009 ELC will seek new policies from the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education aimed at making sure that children in the child welfare system can stay in their school even when their living arrangements change; that their educational progress is monitored and addressed; and that "surrogate parents" are appointed to represent the needs of children with disabilities whose own parents are unavailable.PhiladelphiaEducation Law Center - Philadelphia; Center CityEducation Law Center - PA
    Ensuring That All Children Have Access to SchoolMany children are kept out of school, or endure long delays, because their districts or schools do not understand (or have chosen not to follow) the law. Among those most affected are children in foster and group homes, homeless children, children returning from juvenile placements, and immigrant children. In 2009, ELC seeks to obtain new state policies that will make the rules clear to schools and districts, plus an appeal process that families can use when problems develop. Children in the child welfare system face a host of additional school problems. When their living arrangements change, they may be forced to change schools, even though the law says that they can continue where they are unless their needs require otherwise. County child welfare staff do not routinely monitor these students’ school performance, or seek help for those who are struggling. And while many of these children have disabilities, some do not have parents who can represent them in the special education process. In 2009 ELC will seek new policies from the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education aimed at making sure that children in the child welfare system can stay in their school even when their living arrangements change; that their educational progress is monitored and addressed; and that "surrogate parents" are appointed to represent the needs of children with disabilities whose own parents are unavailable.AlleghenyEducation Law Center - PittsburghEducation Law Center - PA
    Erie County Veterans Affairs Medical Center - VAMC Homeless Care ProgramServices provided may include emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, homeless veteran employment services, and support for veterans involved in the legal system.ErieErie County Veterans Affairs Medical CenterErie Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    Erie County Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Veteran Justice Outreach ServicesThis team serves as an advocate for Veterans involved in the criminal justice system to help them avoid unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration by connecting Veterans to VA mental health and substance abuse services.ErieErie County Veterans Affairs Medical CenterErie Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    Laurel House - Medical Advocacy (DART I)The Medical Advocacy Project, known as DART I (Domestic Abuse Response Team). A full-time Medical Advocate trains physicians and nurses to recognize the signs of domestic abuse, provides on-site support when available to victims at local hospitals, and has developed resource materials which are used by hospitals and health care providers when they are dealing with victims of domestic violence.MontgomeryLaurel House - Montgomery; NorristownLaurel House
    Local Right to Education Task Force - Armstrong and Indiana CountiesLocal Right to Education Task ForceLocal Right to Education Task Force
    Local Right to Education Task Force - Beaver CountyBeaverLocal Right to Education Task ForceLocal Right to Education Task Force
    Local Right to Education Task Force - Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer CountiesLocal Right to Education Task ForceLocal Right to Education Task Force
    Local Right to Education Task Force - Fayette, Greene and Washington CountiesLocal Right to Education Task ForceLocal Right to Education Task Force
    Local Right to Education Task Force - Westmoreland CountyWestmorelandLocal Right to Education Task ForceLocal Right to Education Task Force
    MADD - Victim AdvocacyMADD Victim Advocates are trained and certified to assist victims with the criminal justice proceedings and, in many cases, will accompany victims to court. Victim advocates are there for grief support and may well provide a list of local professional counselors, civil attorneys and clergy who are skilled at working with crash victims. A victim advocate is available to help the victim apply for financial assistance through the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund; inform a victim about drunk driving laws and victim rights; monitor a court case against the defendant; assist in preparing a victim impact statement; represent a family by providing statements to the media; and help with the development of probation conditions if the offender does not go to prison. MontgomeryMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - Pennsylvania State Office - Montgomery; BridgeportMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - Southeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate
    Mental Health Association in Fayette CountyProvides advocacy for people with disabilities.FayetteMental Health Association in FayetteCountyMental Health Association in Fayette County
    Mental Health Partnerships - Community Advocate ProjectCommunity Advocate Project provides people with severe mental illnesses information about mental health services. Staff members also work individually with consumers of mental health services that need assistance in dealing with the mental health system.PhiladelphiaMental Health Partnerships (MHP) - Philadelphia; Center CityMental Health Partnerships
    Mental Health Partnerships - Involved Consumer Action Network (ICAN) of PAInvolved Consumer Action Network (ICAN) of PA encourages people who are consumers of behavioral health services to become more involved in planning and delivering those services and to also play a role in developing mental health policy. ICAN does this by providing training and information about innovative programs, best practices and other developing local and national mental health issues to consumer groups throughout Pennsylvania. The program also advocates for people with mental illnesses to serve on governmental committees and on the boards of private and nonprofit organizations.PhiladelphiaMental Health Partnerships (MHP) - Philadelphia; Center CityMental Health Partnerships
    Mercy Center for Women - AdvocacyEach woman is paired with an advocate who counsels and directs them in developing and implementing a personal goal plan. Some of these goals include greater self-determination, establishing a source of income, and obtaining permanent housing. The advocates provide supportive listening and identify problems or issues and offer possible solutions. They also provide accurate information, referral and follow-up as necessary.ErieMercy Center for WomenMercy Center for Women
    Message Carriers of PennsylvaniaProvides advocacy and recovery related services to individuals and family members impacted by addiction and/or mental health disorders. Recovery Support Services helps navigate the systems for services to enhance recovery. Help to locate resources. Referrals. Advocacy for those who cannot speak for themselves on recovery related services to help sustain one's recovery. Help finding support groups. Monthly community meetings.AlleghenyMessage Carriers of PennsylvaniaMessage Carriers of Pennsylvania
    National Council on AgingIn collaboration with our community partners, the National Council on Aging(NCOA) works to improve the health or economic security of more than seniors across the nation.National Council on AgingNational Council on Aging
    Pennsylvania Health Law Project - Free Legal Advice HelplineProvides service to lower-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded healthcare coverage or services.PhiladelphiaPENNSYLVANIA HEALTH LAW PROJECT - Philadelphia; Old CityPennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP)
    Pennsylvania's Education for All CoalitionPEAC works to promote education that includes all children by providing individual technical assistance, advocacy, and supports to families; assisting institutions of higher education better prepare teachers to effectively teach all children; and influencing and supporting schools, policymakers, and the community to effectively implement inclusive practices and policies.PhiladelphiaPennsylvania's Education for All CoalitionPennsylvania's Education for All Coalition
    Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia - Disability RightsProvides advocacy services for persons with disabilities. The Law Center's mission under this agenda is to end discrimination and abuse against persons with disabilities and secure their inclusion and full participation in all aspects of mainstream society. There are four components to this project including: education, community services, the criminal justice system and advancing the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. PhiladelphiaPublic Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) - Philadelphia; Center CityPublic Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
    Senior Advocate: Patricia HarrimanCoordination of personal needs for seniors and their families. Services provided include payment of bills and monitoring of monthly expenditures, coordinating personal care givers, legal services, etcWarrenSenior Advocate: Patricia HarrimanSenior Advocate: Patricia Harriman
    Sickle Cell Disease Association - AdvocacySupports, promotes and encourages self-sufficiency in individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease.PhiladelphiaSickle Cell Disease Association of America-Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaSickle Cell Disease Association of America-Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter
    Sullivan County Victim Services - AccompanimentOffer support and information to prepare clients for a variety of appointments or legal proceedings that may be necessary to attend as a result of crime. Advocates are able to provide medical and legal accompaniment.SullivanSullivan County Victim ServicesSullivan County Victim Services
    The Alliance of Community Service Providers - AdvocacyProvides supports and services for people with intellectual disabilities, those with mental health issues, and people recovering from addictions.PhiladelphiaThe Alliance of Community Service ProvidersThe Alliance of Community Service Providers
    The Orphan Society of AmericaThe Orphan Society of America provides educational and social support to individuals orphaned by violence. Services available include: - Postsecondary Education Scholarship Program - Financial Relief Program - Orphan of Registry - Orphan Resource Center - Mentoring Program - Online Community - OSA Advocacy Eligibility Criteria: - Must be a child or adolescent orphaned by violence (one parent or both) - Examples of violent death include (but are not limited to) homicide, suicide, war, natural disaster, and sudden death accidentsChester*Main Site (The Orphan Society of America)Orphan Society of America
    Victim Services Center of Montgomery County (VSC) - AdvocacyAdvocacy at VSC are available to act as a liaison within the criminal justice system and to provide support, encouragement, information and assistance to victims of crime and their significant others. VSC has a strict policy of confidentiality. State law requires us to protect information shared by sexual assault survivors. Advocacy Services - Inform victim/survivor's of their rights (Victim Bill of Rights - Act 111 of 1998) - Crisis Intervention - In-person advocacy and support during Criminal Justice Proceedings - Hospital, court and police accompaniments - Assistance with Victim Impact Statements - Assistance with filing for Victims Compensation Assistance - Assistance with Crime Victim Notification Program - Information and referrals to appropriate community resources The VSC advocate is committed to ensuring that: - The victim/survivor is treated with dignity, compassion and respect during the course of the criminal proceeding; - The victim/survivor has full knowledge of their rights as a victim of crime in Pennsylvania; - The victim/survivor is fully informed during each step of the process; and - The victim/survivors permission is sought prior to any action taken.MontgomeryVictim Services Center of Montgomery County - Montgomery; NorristownVictim Services Center of Montgomery County (VSC)
    Welfare Pride - Legal AssistanceActs as advocate for the rights of the underprivileged, unemployed, and under employed by providing assistance with DPW problems and complaints.PhiladelphiaWelfare Pride, Inc. - Philadelphia; North PhiladelphiaWelfare Pride
    Women's Resources of Monroe County, Inc. - Legal & Medical AdvocacyLegal Advocacy Program provides information, referrals and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who choose to seek justice through the legal system. The advocate does not give legal advice, but shares information about the law including what legal options are available, and how to assess legal recourse. Program participants choose what, if any legal action they wish to take. The advocate does not recommend a particular direction, but will support whatever decision is made. Counselor/Advocates are available to accompany a victim of domestic or sexual violence to the hospital for an examination and/or treatment. At the hospital, rights and services are explained to the victim, and the counselor/advocate can answer their questions.MonroeWomen's Resources of Monroe County, Inc.Women's Resources of Monroe County, Inc.
    Women's ServicesProvides WSCHAT, Shelter, Counseling, Advocacy, Medical Advocacy Project, Education and Outreach, and also Community Gardens.CrawfordWomen's Services - MeadvilleWomen's Services
    Women's Services - Titusville - Counseling/AdvocacyCounseling and Advocacy for victims and significant others of sexual and domestic violence. CrawfordWomen's Services - TitusvilleWomen's Services
    YWCA of Bradford - Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault ServicesProvides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault including: individual options/empowerment counseling, legal and medical advocacy and accompaniment, domestic violence shelter (30-day limit), support groups, children's programming, prevention education programs for schools, community groups, and professional social service providers.McKeanYWCA of BradfordYWCA of Bradford

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