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Programs that provide assistance for people who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining grants, payments, services or other benefits to which they are entitled by law. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, the benefits provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with benefits administration staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are benefits counseling organizations that offer a range of advocacy services and legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.

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Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
Butler County Area Agency on Aging - Legal AssistanceOffers help with preparing a will or rewriting an existing will; creating Advance Directives (i.e. living will, durable power of attorney); Designating a Power of Attorney; Assisting in settling landlord / tenant disputes or other housing issues; Guardianship issues (one-time consult); Protection against civil rights violations such as age discrimination issues; Intervention with public benefits offices or advocating against a utility shutoff; Handling of consumer fraud issues; Divorce case (one-time consult); Evaluation of legal concern and advising consumer of rights (one time consult).ButlerButler County Area Agency on AgingButler County Health and Human Services
Centre County Immigration Resource List - (Linked Document)Not an actual service, only a resource list: https://docs.google.com/a/communityhelpcentre.com/document/d/1p564aArKRVo5HrlfNOFS7sWiFD0Uo--iIbPS79txvQM/edit#CentreCentre County Immigration Resource List - Program RecordCentre County Immigration Resource List
Challenges, Options in Aging - Apprise ServicesGuides through Medicare health insurance, prescription coverage and long-term care insurance options. The aim is to assist in making informed decisions regarding health coverage. Learn about eligibility for other available benefits, get assistance with Medicare claim and billing questions and help completing necessary paperwork.LawrenceChallenges, Options in AgingChallenges, Options in Aging
Consumer Health CoalitionConsumer Health Coalition has licensed Marketplace Navigators who can provide unbiased enrollment assistance at no cost and guide consumers through the process of evaluating and enrolling in health plans through the Marketplace, Medicaid, and CHIP. We also have a Health Committee for People with Disabilities that works on self and systemic advocacy. Our advocacy work also includes additional task forces, letters to the editor, legislative visits, and more.AlleghenyConsumer Health CoalitionConsumer Health Coalition
Disability AdvocacyProvision of advocates to help obtain needed services and SSI benefits.DauphinDauphin County Assistance OfficeDauphin County Assistance Office
Disability Rights Pennsylvania - PhiladelphiaProvides advocacy and support to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.PhiladelphiaDisability Rights PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania
Disability Rights Pennsylvania - PittsburghProvides protection and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. Works with people with disabilities and their families to ensure their rights to live in their communities with the services they need, to receive a full and inclusive education, to live free of discrimination, abuse and neglect and to have control and self-determination over their services.AlleghenyDisability Rights PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania
Family Caregiver Support ProgramProvides needs assessment, benefits advice & counseling in which caregivers are informed of the benefits available to them. Through a cost sharing approach family may recieve monthly reimbursements of up to $200/month through PA FCSP and an additional $300/month from the National FCSP. These monies can help with out-of-pocket expenses ranging from respite care, over-the-counter medicines, incontinence supplies, day care and home chore services. Modifcations can be made to the home such as installing stair lifts, building ramps or bathroom modification. One time only grants of up to $2000 can be give to families who qualify so that they can make the home more livable for the frail relative. Referrals to caregivers support groupsDauphinDauphin County Area Agency on AgingDauphin County Area Agency on Aging
Family Caregiver Support ProgramProvides needs assessment, benefits advice & counseling in which caregivers are informed of the benefits available to them. Through a cost sharing approach family may recieve monthly reimbursements of up to $200/month through PA FCSP and an additional $300/month from the National FCSP. These monies can help with out-of-pocket expenses ranging from respite care, over-the-counter medicines, incontinence supplies, day care and home chore services. Modifcations can be made to the home such as installing stair lifts, building ramps or bathroom modification. One time only grants of up to $2000 can be give to families who qualify so that they can make the home more livable for the frail relative. Referrals to caregivers support groupsDauphinNorthern Dauphin Human Services Center Agency on AgingDauphin County Area Agency on Aging
JFCS Critical Needs ServicesCritical needs staff will work with client to find the resources needed to get through the challenges that are being faced and achieve long-term stability. Services include assessment of current needs, identification of - and connection to - the resources needed to meet immediate critical needs, including help applying for benefits and advocacy on clients behalf; problem-solving discussions and strategy to figure out what's needed to improve things for client and their family in the long-term.AlleghenyJFCS Counseling ServicesJewish Family and Community Services
Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. - AppriseHelps individuals age 60 and older with all types of health insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and private policies such as Long Term Care and Medicare Supplement Insurance.MercerMercer County Area Agency on AgingMercer County Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
NeedyMeds - Medication Assistance Information and ReferralA resource devoted to helping low-income people find assistance programs that help with the cost of medications and health care.NeedyMeds - Medication Assistance Information and ReferralNeedyMeds
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - AlleghenyNeighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. Provides representation to survivors of domestic violence in Protection from Abuse proceedings. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, they can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities. Please contact the Veterans Leadership Program to obtain a referral.AlleghenyNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - BeaverNeighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, we can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities. Please contact the Veterans Leadership Program to obtain a referral.BeaverNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - ButlerNeighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, we can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities. Please contact the Veterans Leadership Program to obtain a referral.ButlerNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association - LawrenceNeighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families without the means to hire a private attorney. May provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee), depending on case. Provides community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired. While NLSA does not provide assistance with Veterans' Benefits, we can provide legal assistance to eligible veterans who are having problems with their housing, utilities, or other issues within NLSA's priorities. Please contact the Veterans Leadership Program to obtain a referral.LawrenceNeighborhood Legal Services AssociationNeighborhood Legal Services Association
Pennsylvania SeniorLaw Helpline, Legal InformationProvides free legal information, advice and referrals on a variety of civil legal issues including: - Consumer - Health care - Family law - Housing - Elder abuse, neglect and other forms of victimization Special focused services for older victims. Older adults who need continuing or in-person representation are referred to the legal aid provider in their county, their local Area Agency of Aging or the local Lawyer Referral ServicePhiladelphiaPennsylvania SeniorLaw HelplinePennsylvania SeniorLaw Helpline
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services - Fayette CountyHelps low-income citizens with a variety of civil legal problems, especially those of an emergency nature. Works with clients to improve their ability to be self-sufficient through obtaining and/or enforcing their right to necessary economic, employment, housing, medical and other public resources. Legal services include family law, consumer law, housing, Protection From Abuse, public benefits and unemployment compensation, and mortgage foreclosure avoidance.FayetteSouthwestern Pennsylvania Legal ServicesSouthwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services - Greene CountyHelps low-income citizens with a variety of civil legal problems, especially those of an emergency nature. Works with clients to improve their ability to be self-sufficient through obtaining and/or enforcing their right to necessary economic, employment, housing, medical and other public resources. Legal services include family law, consumer law, housing, Protection From Abuse, public benefits and unemployment compensation, and mortgage foreclosure avoidance.GreeneSouthwestern Pennsylvania Legal ServicesSouthwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services - Washington CountyHelps low-income citizens with a variety of civil legal problems, especially those of an emergency nature. Works with clients to improve their ability to be self-sufficient through obtaining and/or enforcing their right to necessary economic, employment, housing, medical and other public resources. Legal services include family law, consumer law, housing, Protection From Abuse, public benefits and unemployment compensation, and mortgage foreclosure avoidance.WashingtonSouthwestern Pennsylvania Legal ServicesSouthwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)Providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources to those grieving the death of one in military service. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging APPRISE ServicesFree health insurance counseling to assist those who are medicare eligible to better understand health insurance and options.WestmorelandWestmoreland County Area Agency on Aging APRISE ProgramWestmoreland County Area Agency on Aging

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