Legal Aid Society of Rockland County

New York State Grants Aim to Help Disabled in Legal Fight for Benefits

The following article appeared Aug 15, 2016 on the website.

Eleven legal services providers will share $8.2 million in state grants to help people press their claims after being denied federal disability benefits under Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, and similar programs.

Samuel Roberts, commissioner of the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which is awarding the grants, said Thursday the Disability Advocacy Program has been effective at winning reversal of claims denials for many disabled New Yorkers. He said that from July 2014 to June 2015, $17.3 million in benefits was generated under the Disability Advocacy Program for New York recipients.

Legal Services NYC will get the largest of the legal services grants, receiving $2.29 million.

The Empire Justice Center will receive just over $1 million, with $626,685 going to provide direct legal services to disabled benefit applicants in 13 western New York counties and $452,966 for statewide administration of the Disability Advocacy Program.

Other groups receiving grants were the Urban Justice Center ($819,189); the New York Legal Assistance Group ($794,528); the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee ($676,858); the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York ($628,522); Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York ($619,0230); Legal Services of the Hudson Valley ($558,493); Neighborhood Legal Services ($526,371); the Erie County Department of Social Services ($162,242), and the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County ($105,323).

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