Disability and Healthcare Advocacy to Move People Forward
PRC’s legal team provides Social Security disability and healthcare advocacy to San Francisco residents. Legal services, using a harm reduction model, are provided to the most vulnerable populations in the community, including homeless, non-English speaking, active drug-using, and other marginalized individuals. In-house legal services are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Interpretation services are available for other languages.
The Legal Advocacy Program provides two kinds of legal services through the Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) and the Equal Access to Healthcare Program (EAHP). Depending on your needs and circumstances, you may be eligible for one or both of these services.
The Disability Advocacy Program (DAP)
DAP provides counseling and representation at the administrative levels on medical determination of public disability benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).
The Benefits Counseling Program will represent clients that:
- are at the initial stage of filing for SSI/SSDI/CAPI benefits,
- are filing requests for reconsideration of a previous denial of benefits,
- are filing requests for hearings in front of an Administrative Law Judge,
- have filed a request for review with the Appeals Council, and/or
- have, or are facing benefits cessation at the initial level or above three levels of appeal due to Continuing Disability Reviews.
The Equal Access to Healthcare Program (EAHP)
EAHP provides representation and counseling on matters related to healthcare access, such as Medi-Cal, Medicare, Healthcare Reform, the State of California’s Office of AIDS programs, etc. You will be informed of the exact scope of representation during your intake appointment; EAHP clients will receive an addendum specifying the subject matter of representation.
Generally, these programs do NOT provide legal representation but may provide information or limited services regarding:
State Disability Insurance (SDI). Regarding initial applications and appeals for SDI, we will advise you on application and eligibility criteria and provide assistance with paperwork.
Social Security onset-date-only appeals.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & TRAINING
Educating and Connecting the Community
PRC provides training and networking opportunities to the public and to San Francisco social services providers. Training topics include Social Security disability programs, Social Security return-to-work rules, CAPI clients, State Disability Insurance, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Covered CA, and more.
Access the legal advocacy calendar of events here.