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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mental Health Resources in New York and New Jersey

Protection and Advocacy Agencies

Under federal and state laws, Protection and Advocacy Agencies (P & As) agencies have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to people with disabilities. P&As work to ensure that people with developmental and other disabilities receive effective support and assistance before, during, and after an emergency.

      ​ NYS Commission on Quality of Care & Advocacy
for Persons with Disabilities
Phone: (518) 388-2892
TDD: (800) 624-4143
FAX: (518) 388-2890
Disability Rights New Jersey
Phone: (609) 292-9742
Toll Free: (800) 922-7233 (NJ Only)
TTY: (609) 633-7106
FAX: (609) 777-0187

Councils on Developmental Disabilities 

Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils) can provide information on services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, most particularly as it relates to those who have been displaced in an emergency/disaster.
​      New York State DD Council
Phone: (518) 486-7505
TDD: (518) 402-3486
Toll Free: (800) 395-3372
FAX: (518) 402-3505
New Jersey DD Council
Phone: (609) 292-3745
FAX: (609) 292-7114

Independent Living Centers 

Independent living centers (ILCs) are consumer controlled, community based, cross disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agencies that are designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities.  ILCs provide an array of independent living services and can also provide information and referral services.
A list of the ILCs in NY and NJ can be found at 

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in NJ and NY

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs serve residents of long-term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living, and board and care homes). These programs can help assist residents of long-term care facilities who are victims of disasters by helping to resolve complaints and provide advocacy services to residents.

New York Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Phone: (518) 408-1469
New Jersey Office of Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly
Phone: (877) 582-6995


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  • This page last reviewed: April 27, 2017