Apply for Services - DisAbility Rights Idaho
Thank you for contacting DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI) for assistance. DRI is the Protection and Advocacy system for the State of Idaho. DRI is a private non-profit organization funded by federal grants, to assist people with disabilities. Due to the number of requests for assistance DRI receives each year, we establish case acceptance priorities. Our current priorities can be found on our website at the following link: DRI Priorities and Case Selection Criteria.
DRI has an intake process for all new requests for assistance. To complete an intake, please provide the following information. We process intakes Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. All information provided is confidential.
Once we have received this information, our administrative staff will review the request and may contact you for additional information. Once all information is provided, then your request will be reviewed to determine whether your issue is within DRI priorities and meets Case Selection Criteria. If your issue does not meet Case Selection Criteria, DRI will provide you with information and referrals to assist in answering your questions. You will either receive a phone call or a letter within seven (7) days.
Please indicate in your request below if you have a deadline.
If your issue involves any type of denial notice (i.e.: SSA, IDVR, Medicaid or Medicare, Optum, etc.), please note the following information:
Although this is not legal advice, DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI) must inform those requesting our services that if you think you want to appeal, you should meet the appeal deadline in your letter by following the appeal instructions in the letter or notice that you received. Please pay attention to the date on your letter and the number of days you have to appeal as indicated in your letter. Please consider doing this whether DRI can help you or not. If you do not meet this deadline, you may lose your right appeal. Once you have appealed, you can always change your mind and withdraw your appeal. However, if you fail to appeal, you may lose the right to appeal and have a hearing.
***Please note that DRI cannot provide assistance in the following areas:
*Any problem not directly related to a person's disability
*Any issue for a person who already has an attorney working on the same issue
*General medical malpractice and personal injury
*General consumer bankruptcy issues
*Assistance finding employment, housing or financial assistance
*Anything against the wishes of the person with the disability
If you are in need of a private attorney, you can contact the Idaho State Bar at (208) 334-4500 for a referral to a private attorney.
CASE SELECTION CRITERIA
1. The applicant must meet the program eligibility guidelines and the identified problem must fall within a priority for services.
2. Case services will be provided only to people whose problem is related to their status as person with a disability, whose problem could be resolved by DRI staff, and whose case has legal merit.
3. Case services will generally only be provided to people whose problems cannot be solved through self-advocacy or by other individuals, agencies, attorneys or organizations.
4. While DRI may provide direct representation to individual clients, cases with systemic issues will be chosen over cases for individual relief.
5. DRI receives more requests for assistance than resources allow, so DRI may deny a request for case services due to lack of funding or staff, even if the issue falls within a priority and meets case acceptance criteria.
6. DRI resolves problems, whenever possible, through non-adversarial means such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation, and exhaustion of administrative remedies, where appropriate, before filing legal action in federal or state court.
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