ADVOCACY

 See also Legal Services

§ AARP (American Association of Retired Persons):

(800) 687-2277   www.states.aarp.org/category/connecticut

 

An organization for people over 50, offering information on the following topics:  Consumer Protection, Driving “55 Alive,” Health & Long-Term Care, State Legislative, and Tax preparation.

§ Center for Medicare Advocacy 

(860) 456-7790   http://www.medicareadvocacy.org

A national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care.

They represent thousands of individuals in appeals of Medicare denials, pursue Medicare coverage for individuals and for dually eligible beneficiaries (individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid), and provide legal training and support for Connecticut's state health insurance and assistance program (SHIP program), known in Connecticut as CHOICES.

§ Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund

(800) 479-2949      www.cwealf.org

§ CT Association for Human Services (CAHS)

CAHS promotes family economic security strategies that empower low-income working families to achieve financial independence. They are particularly helpful in promoting the earned income tax credit (EITC) for low-income working families.

(860) 951-2212    www.cahs.org

§ Protective Services for the Elderly

(888) 385-4225

For protecting those 60+ from abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

§ Susan B. Anthony Project

(860) 489-3798    www.sbaproject.org

Torrington …………………………Sexual Assault Hotline (888) 999-5545

Domestic Violence Hotline (888) 774-2900

Torrington 24 Hour Crisis Line (860) 482-7133

 

Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

 

The Susan B. Anthony Project provides crisis counseling, advocacy and support for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence throughout Northwest Connecticut.  Services include 24-hour crisis line, one-on-one counseling, support groups, advocacy with social service/police/medical/legal systems, emergency shelter, job search counseling, community education and professional in-service training.  All services for clients are free and confidential.

(For domestic violence services in Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Salisbury and Sharon, contact Women’s Support Services in Sharon [see listing following.])

 § Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA)

  www.wcaaa.org     Waterbury: (203) 757-5449

Or (800) 994-9422

Fax: (203) 757-4081

 

The Western CT Area Agency on Aging, Inc (WCAAA) is one of five AAAs in CT and serves seniors & Medicare/Medicaid eligible. The WCAAA conducts home based client assessments to determine need for long term care supports, funds senior centers, chore & transportation services, legal services, exercise and emergency fuel programs, depression counseling, adult day care, congregate & home delivered meals and can provide assistance with minor home modifications. Caregivers may also access respite care through the WCAAA and all age groups are invited to visit the Bureau of Rehab's Tech Center located at the WCAAA's office. The CHOICES unit, part of the WCAAA, responds to questions on Medicare, Medicaid and other benefits.

§ Women’s Support Services, Sharon

(860) 364-1080

Hotline Number:  (860) 364-1900  (24 hrs / 7 days)

Website:   www.wssdv.org

Office Location:  158 Gay Street, Sharon, CT  06069

Business Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

Volunteer Program, Lending Library, Clothes, Assistance available for non-English speaking individuals.

WSS offers free and confidential services to all victims of domestic violence and abuse in the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury, and Sharon.  Domestic violence/abuse includes physical, emotional, psychological, verbal, financial and sexual abuse in the context of an intimate partner relationship.  Services include: 24-hour hotline, short-term crisis counseling for adults and children, support groups for adults and children, legal/medical/social service advocacy, short-term emergency shelter, transportation, and community education and professional in-service training. 

If the person seeking service is a victim of domestic violence and they are out of the area but living in CT they can call the CT Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-888-774-2900. This is a 24-hour toll-free hotline.  The caller will be connected to the domestic violence program in their immediate area. 

If the person seeking services is a victim of domestic violence and they are from out of state they can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).  This is a 24-hour toll-free hotline. The caller will be connected to the domestic violence program closest to them in their state. 

If the person seeking services is a victim of sexual assault outside of the context of an intimate partner relationship (i.e. stranger rape) and they live in the local area, they can contact the Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington, CT via their 24-hour hotline at (860) 482-7133 

If the person seeking services is a victim of sexual assault and is out of the area but living in CT they can call the CT Statewide Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-888-999-5545.  This is also a 24-hour toll-free hotline. The caller will be connected to the domestic violence program in their immediate area. 

If the person seeking services is a victim of sexual assault and they are from out of state they can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).  This is a 24-hour toll-free hotline.  The caller will be connected to the sexual assault program closest to them in their state.

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