The Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) originally was established by Chapter 627 of the Laws of 1983, adding Section 35 of the Social Services Law, which provides for the legal representation of individuals whose federal disability benefits have been denied or may be discontinued. Pursuant to the statutory provisions, the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) makes grants to not-for-profit legal services corporations, not-for-profit agencies serving the disabled and social services districts to provide for such representation. N.Y. Soc. Serv. Law §35 (McKinney 2003).
This website is designed primarily for advocates throughout New York who are funded under the DAP grant. OTDA reports to the New York Legislature biennial on the DAP program.
NEWSLETTER: DISABILITY LAW NEWS, JULY 2018
July 30, 2018
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we discuss the final amendments to the Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibilities for Appointed Representatives issued July 2nd by the Social Security Administration. Another hot topic discussed is the legal status of U.S. Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), which has been in a state of flux questioning if SSA ALJs are constitutionally appointed. Also in this newsletter are new regulations, court decisions and administrative decisions.
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we review the final numbers on disability claims filed and approved in 2017 issued by the Social Security Administration seeing a decline in applications and appeals. We will also summarize a recent report by the Social Security Advisory Board and the recommendations made for improving the Representative Payee Program. Also, be sure to check out the newest court decisions and administrative decisions.
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we discuss the newly amended NYS Public Health Law Sections 17 & 18, and Mental Hygiene Law Section 33.16 that ensures free access to medical records for government benefits applications. Be sure to check out the newest regulations, administrative decisions and court decisions as well.