NJ Human Services Announces Partnership with Community Health Law Project to Increase Access to Legal Services for Low-Income Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

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NJ Human Services Announces Partnership with Community Health Law Project to Increase Access to Legal Services for Low-Income Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

July 26, 2021

(TENTON)Acting Commissioner of Human Services, Sarah Adelman, today announced that the department has partnered with the Community Health Law Project to increase access to legal services for low-income deaf and hard of hearing people .

The partnership is a collaboration between the Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Social Services (DDHH) and the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHAS).

Through this partnership, eligible deaf and hard of hearing people can receive legal assistance and support with issues related to their public assistance, health insurance, social security benefits, landlord and tenant disputes, foreclosure defense , family law issues, consumer protection and debt collection and more. In addition, CHLP is able to meet communications access needs, including ASL interpretation and captioning.

Since 1976, the Community Health Law Project (CHLP) has provided legal and advocacy services to New Jersey residents with disabilities. They serve people with mental illness, people with various types of disabilities, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Each year, CHLP assists nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents with disabilities through legal briefing and representation.

The partnership stems from funding investments in the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing included in the state budget recently signed by Governor Murphy.

“The Murphy Administration is committed to creating a stronger, fairer New Jersey, and this partnership helps deliver on that commitment for people who are deaf and hard of hearing,” Acting Commissioner Adelman said. “It’s about increasing access to legal services for Deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans and ensuring their communication needs are supported when they seek legal representation and support. I am very excited about the lasting impact this partnership will have for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. »

“The Community Health Law Project has been providing legal services to low-income people with various disabilities for 45 years,” said Erika Kerber-Spitz, Associate Executive Director of the Community Health Law Project. “We are delighted to now partner with the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Department of Social Services to provide our services to low-income consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing. We know these people have always been underserved and we are delighted to be able to provide them with the legal assistance they may need to help them live and thrive in their communities. As with our other clientele, we will provide these consumers with assistance in a variety of civil law matters ranging from housing, public rights, family matters, consumer issues, discrimination issues and public accommodations, as well as other civil law matters. We are grateful to the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Department of Social Services for the opportunity to assist this population.

“This new partnership will improve outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing people who need legal services,” said Deputy Commissioner Elisa Neira. “And we know that includes not only the ability to access a lawyer, but also to be supported with their specific communication needs, which plays a key role in creating better outcomes for the individual.”

“We are very pleased to take this step to ensure that the important legal needs of low-income deaf and hard of hearing people are addressed,” said Elizabeth Hill, executive director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Division. “It is essential that people in need have access to the same services as their peers, which allows them to live full and fair lives. »

“We look forward to this new partnership positively benefiting low-income Deaf and hard of hearing people in New Jersey,” said Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Assistant Commissioner Valerie Mielke. “This is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to being part of providing essential legal services to those who qualify.”

People interested in these services can contact their local CHLP office to check if they are eligible and for assistance. Please refer to the list below to determine which office to contact:

Community Health Law Project Offices:

Administration

South Orange, NJ 07079

185 Valley Street

Phone: (973) 275-1175

Fax: (973) 275-5210

Email: [email protected]

Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003

650 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 210

Phone: (973) 680-5599

Fax: (973) 680-1488

TTY: (973) 680-1116

Email: [email protected]

Collingswood, New Jersey 08108

station office building

900 Haddon Avenue, Suite 400

Collingswood, New Jersey 08108

Phone/TTY: (856) 858-9500

Fax: (856) 858-9545

Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201

65 Jefferson Ave, Suite 402

Phone: (908) 355-8282

Fax: (908) 355-3724

TTY: (908) 355-3369

Email: [email protected]

Galloway, New Jersey 08205

160 South Pitney Road

Galloway, New Jersey 08205

Phone: (856) 858-9500

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

35 Journal Square, Suite 831

Phone: (201) 630-6201

Fax: (908) 355-3724

Mount Holly, NJ 08060

4 Trade Square

Phone: (609) 261-3453

Fax: (609) 261-8596

Neptune, New Jersey 07753

3301 Rt. 66

Building C, office 130

Phone: (732) 380-1012

Fax: (732) 380-1015

Email: [email protected]

Toms River, NJ 08753

250 Washington Street, Suite 5

Phone: (732) 349-6714

Fax: (732) 349-6935

Trenton, New Jersey 08608

225 East State Street, Suite 5

Phone: (609) 392-5553

Fax/TTY: (609) 392-5369

Email: [email protected]

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