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External Referrals

Primary Referral Agencies

Statewide Legal Services

Statewide Legal Services operates a general legal hotline that provides free legal advice on a variety of civil law issues such as housing, including landlord-tenant and foreclosure matters; family problems; consumer issues, including bankruptcy and matters related to public benefits such as, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), energy assistance, State Supplement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Persons needing legal representation are referred to the appropriate Legal Services office.

Statewide Legal Services also provides a wide variety of educational pamphlets on common legal problems relating to housing, family matters, public benefits and consumer issues.

Toll-free: (800) 453-3320 | Local: (860) 344-0380   [ website ]

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc.

DCRT is a new independent, nonprofit organization established to be the successor entity to Connecticut's Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities which was abolished by Connecticut law as of June 30, 2017. DCRT is an advocacy organization dedicated to identifying and eliminating the barriers that people with disabilities face in exercising their civil, legal and human rights. As Connecticut's protection and advocacy system (P&A), DRCT works to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, their families and our community.

DRCT's mission is to advocate, educate, investigate and pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to advance and protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities to participate equally and fully in all facets of community life in Connecticut.

Toll-free (in CT only): (800) 842-7303 | Local: (860) 297-4300 [ website ]

Connecticut Bar Association Referral Service

This service is designed to assist people who have legal needs and wish to consult with a private attorney but do not know who to call. Lawyer Referral Service will refer the individual to an attorney who is a member in good standing of the Connecticut bar. You will be asked a few questions in order to determine the nature of your legal needs. All information you tell the Lawyer Referral Service staff is strictly confidential. A moderate fee of $35 will be charged to you for the referral which entitles you to a ½ hour consultation with an attorney. The $35 fee will be waived for Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation and Social Security Disability matters.

If it is determined by the lawyer that further legal service is required, all additional fees will be discussed with the lawyer.

Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, Tolland and Windham Counties: (860) 252-6052
Fairfield County: (203) 335-4116 
New Haven County: (203) 562-5750
New London County: (860) 889-9384 [ website ]

CTLawHelp: Legal Help Finder

The Connecticut Legal Aid Network developed a valuable tool to help low-income people, and those who assist low-income people, understand their rights and how to navigate the legal system. [ website ]


CHFA Foreclosure Prevention Resources

When financial hardships present themselves, homeowners can benefit from a variety of CHFA programs. From financial counseling to emergency loans and job training, CHFA and its partners have programs and services available at no charge.

Toll-free: (877) 571-2432  |  Local: (860) 571-3500 [ website ]

CT Fair Housing Center

CT Fair Housing Center provides free investigative and legal services to residents who believe they have been the victims of housing discrimination. Because housing discrimination disproportionately affects people with low incomes, the Center focuses on the intersection of poverty and housing discrimination.

Phone: (860) 247-4400 [ website ]

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven Foreclosure Prevention

Provides foreclosure intervention services without cost to homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments.

Phone: (203) 777-6925 [ website ]

Housing Education Resource Center (HERC)

The Housing Education Resource Center promotes equal and expanded housing opportunities through the provision of direct counseling, information, education and assistance.

Housing Counseling Line: (860) 296-4372 |  Phone: (860) 296-4242 ext. 101 [ website ]

Denial of Benefits or Services

Statewide Grievance Committee (Attorney Grievance & Complaints)

The Statewide Grievance Committee is a committee of 21 individuals, 14 of whom are attorneys and 7 of whom are not attorneys, appointed by the Judges of the Superior Court to review, investigate and adjudicate attorney ethics complaints.

Phone: 860-296-3848

CT Department of Public Health

CT DPH protects and improves the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

Toll-free: (800) 828-9769 | Local: (860) 509-7400 or (860) 509-7552 [ website ]

Office of the Healthcare Advocate

The mission of the Office of the Healthcare Advocate is to assist consumers with health care issues through the establishment of effective outreach programs and the development of communication.

Toll-free: (866) 466-4446 [ website ]

Center for Medicare Advocacy

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, established in 1986, is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan law organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain access to Medicare and quality health care. The Center is headquartered in Connecticut and Washington, DC with additional attorneys throughout the country.

Toll-free: (800) 262-4414 | Local: (860) 456-7790 [ website ]

Legal Advice and Representation

Consumer Law Project for Elders (CLPE)

A project of Connecticut Legal Services, CLPE provides free legal Help for seniors with consumer problems.

Toll-free: (800) 296-1467 [ brochure ]

Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs (CABHN)

The Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs (CABHN, pronounced "cabin") is a statewide network of over 3,000 members, including social service providers, advocates, religious organizations and leaders, and individuals concerned about issues affecting lower-income families and communities throughout Connecticut. CABHN was formed in 1992 to support and promote advocacy on welfare-related issues.

Phone: (860) 904-5534 [ website ]

Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)

CWEALF uses intersectional strategies to address gender inequality and advance the rights, opportunities, and status of women and girls through legal information and access, public policy and advocacy and advancement and leadership initiatives.  

Toll-free: (800) 479-2949 | Local: (860) 524-0601 [ website ]

CT Commission on Human Rights (CHRO)

The mission of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education.

Toll-free: (800) 477-5737 | Local: (860) 541-3400 [ website ]

Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)

The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) is not an administrator of programs. Rather, the OCA monitors and evaluates public and private agencies that are charged with the protection of children, and reviews state agency policies and procedures to ensure they protect children's rights and promote their best interest.

Toll-free: (800) 994-0939 [ website ]

Public Defenders Services/Legal Services Unit

The Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services zealously promotes and protects the rights, liberty and dignity of all clients entrusted to us. We are committed to holistic representation that recognizes clients as individuals, fosters trust, and prevents unnecessary and wrongful conviction. [ website ]

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center provides free representation to veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness to help stabilize their lives. [ website ]

State Veterans Administration (Rocky Hill)

The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs is a state agency located in Rocky Hill. The Department assists Connecticut veterans. [ website ]

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut has three divisional offices located in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. The Clerk's Office in each division is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, except federal holidays. [ website ]

Connecticut Community Law Center

The Connecticut Community Law Center, an initiatice of UConn School of Law and the Hartford County Bar Association, provides legal help to people who have traditionally been underserved by the justice system: low and moderate income clients who don't quality for legal aid but can't afford standard legal fees. [ website ]

Mental Health

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. (AU) offers comprehensive recovery and advocacy education for people with or in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues.

Toll-free: (800) 573-6929 [ website ]

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency.

Toll-free: (800) 446-7348 [ website ]

DMHAS Problem Gambling Services

DMHAS Problem Gambling Services offers a comprehensive network of consumer-oriented problem gambling recovery services for people of Connecticut and to foster an environment throughout the State that promotes informed choices around gambling behavior.

Toll-free: (866) 440-4375 | Phone: (860) 344-2244 [ website ]

Keep the Promise Coalition

Keep the Promise Coalition (KTP) is a Connecticut Coalition of advocated (people living with mental illness, family members, mental health professionals and interested community members) dedicated to ensuring that a comprehensive, community mental health system is created and sustained across the lifespan (children, adolescents, emerging adults, adults, older adults and families in Connecticut).

Phone: (860)-788-6180 [ website ]

Mental Health Connecticut

Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is a statewide, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve mental health for all Connecticut residents.

Toll-free: (800) 842-1501 | Local: (860) 529-1970 [ website ]

Nationally Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-CT)

NAMI Connecticut provides support, education, and advocacy for all Connecticut citizens affected by mental illness.

Toll-free: (800) 215-3021 [ website ]

SAMHSA's Mental Health Information Center

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. [ website ]

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