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CASA: Advocates for Children of NYS (CASANYS)
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Promotes and supports trained community volunteer advocacy programs that assist Family Courts in making crucial decisions affecting children, offers training, technical assistance, information and support to member programs as well as working with other statewide court, social service and children's advocacy programs on policy related issues.

Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)
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A leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Through innovative and pioneering services as well as the research, public advocacy and training of its Justice Strategies division, CCA fosters individual transformation, reduces reliance on incarceration and advocates for more responsive juvenile and criminal justice policies.

Court Help
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Provides links to court forms, common questions about the law and to help in finding a lawyer.

Health Care Association of New York State
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Serves as the key advocate for more than 550 nonprofit and public hospitals, health systems, nursing facilities, home care agencies, hospice and adult day care programs, and other related health care facilities throughout New York State.

Law Center: Western New York
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Provides legal advocacy for individuals in Western New York State.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
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Provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of LGBT organizations, institutions and culture; cares for individuals and groups in need; educates the public and the community; and empowers ndividuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
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Statewide coalition of people who use and/or provide recovery-oriented, community-based services. NYAPRS is dedicated to improving services and social conditions for people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses and those with trauma-related conditions by promoting their recovery, rehabilitation and rights.

New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 150,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

New York Mental Health Counselors Association
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NYMHCA is the advocacy organization representing the clinical counselors of New York State. It works to protect and enhance the rights of counselors to practice their profession.

New York State Assembly
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Legislation, committees, caucuses.

New York State Association of Community & Residential Agencies
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A grassroots organization comprised of 200 voluntary agencies which provide services to people with developmental disabilities. NYSACRA acts as a resource to provide services, advocacy, information, technical assistance, education and collaboration and networking experiences to its members.

New York State Association of County Health Officials
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Provides directory of county health officials, and advocates for public health.

New York State Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors
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Advances state and local policies, practices, laws, regulation and funding for the purpose of ensuring comprehensive, integrated and cost-effective system of care to meet the needs of those persons, and their families, affected by mental illness, developmental disability and/or chemical dependency.

New York State Physician Profile Web Site
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A searchable database of medical doctors licensed to practice in NYS. Includes information about payment plans accepted, professional background and education.

New York State Rehabilitation Association
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Serves as a clearinghouse of information to provide education and networking opportunities for community service agencies, consumers, families and other advocacy organizations

New York State Senate
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Legislation, committees, caucuses.

Parent to Parent of New York
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Connects and supports families of individuals with special needs in New York State.

Patient's Rights - New York State Department of Health
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As a patient in a New York State hospital, you have certain rights and protections guaranteed by state and federal laws and regulations. These laws and regulations help to ensure the quality and safety of your hospital care.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Institute
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Serves constituents and members of the rehabilitative community as a convener of technical seminars that promote exemplary practices, a clearinghouse for knowledge and resource exchange, and a catalyst for change.

Self-Advocacy Association: New York State
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The Self-Advocacy Association is a strong voice for and by people with disabilities, promoting independence, empowerment, leading by example, communicating, networking and encouraging each other.

Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
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Promotes educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities while ensuring that they receive the rights and protection to which they are entitled; assures appropriate continuity between the child and adult services systems; and provides the highest quality vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to all eligible persons as quickly as those services are required to enable them to work and live independent, self-directed lives.

 
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