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Resources

THE RESOURCES ON THIS PAGE ARE RARELY DUPLICATES OF THE ‘ARE YOU IN CRISIS’ PAGE.

Websites change and disappear, so please let us know by sending us an email if any sites should be removed from this page. Thank you.
 
 
Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA on the EEOC site

Arc Minnesota, Advocacy and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Benefits CheckUp, from the National Council on Aging
A free, easy-to-use service that identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans.
A Minnesota specific version is also available at MinnesotaHelp.info

Bridge to Benefits, a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. Has lots of information on many benefit programs.

Community Action Partnership, with a Map of Community Action Agencies in Minnesota by County

Consumer Action Website, Federal Citizen Information Center

Consumer Division, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office (click on Topics at top of page)

Disability Law Center – Minnesota, See also the MDLS Fact Sheets, including these areas:
Disability, Education, Individual Rights, Public Benefits, Seniors, Work.

Disability Linkage Line : 1-866-333-2466, in-depth information and assistance services for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their representatives

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, by HUD – Enforces the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws to ensure the right of equal housing opportunity and free and fair housing choice without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or family composition.

Family Medical Leave Act (Federal) and State Parental Leave Act (MN Dept of Labor)

GovBenefits.org, Your Benefits Connection – a free, confidential tool that helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive. (Quite a long set of Questions here) – Seniors, try: Benefits CheckUp first

Guardianship & Conservatorship at Minnesota Court System – including a Manual in the forms area.

Home Affordable Modification Program

Human Rights, Minnesota Department of 

Labor and Industry, Minnesota Department of – or go to their Labor Standards page or Minimum Wage page or Employee Rights

Law Help MN.org, Helping low-income Minnesotans solve civil legal problems. Lots of topics for legal education here: Consumer, Disability, Education, Family and Juvenile, Farm, Health, Housing, Immigrant, Individual Rights, Migrant Workers, Native Americans, Public Benefits, Seniors, Taxes, & Work.
See also Fact Sheet Links and Order Forms, (English & Español) Somali LawHelp

Legal Research, How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers

Legal Services Corporation

Medicare Advocacy, Center for – a private, non-profit organization which provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain necessary healthcare.

MN Dept of Health

Minnesota Department of Human Services , Fact Sheets, MN-DHS Fair Hearings Decision Database

Alternative Care (AC) / Home and Community-based waivers
Food Support (Food Stamps/SNAP) / General Assistance (GA) /
Medical Assistance / Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) / Refugee Assistance
Minnesota County & Tribal Human Services Directory
Minnesota DHS Manuals or MN DHS Bulletins

Disability Services Program Manual 

MinnesotaHelp.info, a directory to locate community resources in Minnesota

Minnesota State Courts, — Public Access to case records. — Opinions of the MN Appellate Courts
or go to MN State Court

Minnesota Workforce Centers, also check their Vocational Rehabilitation Unit 
Where Job Seekers and Employers Click // Helping People Help Themselves Achieve Economic Security

Minnesota Government Information and Services: A comprehensive list of general state agency telephones numbers, e-mail addresses and web sites.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI)

Ombudsman for Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities

Other States – Research and Information Links (from Romlinger)

PACER Center, Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights  (If your child with a disability is not getting the help/education at school he or she needs. Resources on bullying and a great technology/software library where you can check out what would work for your child before you buy it.)

Public Assistance Programs – All States, from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

School Discipline & Children with Disabilities, an interactive guide for Minnesota Families. From PACER Center

Senior Linkage Line : 1-800-333-2433, a free state wide (MN) telephone information and assistance service which makes it easy for older adults and their families to locate community services. Also great for Medicare questions.

Social Security Administration  See also the SSA’s Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool

Social Security Rulings

Supplemental Security Income, from the Social Security Administration

Free Tax Preparation 

Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP), Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
See also  Telephone Equipment Distribution (MN DHS) with Application forms

Unemployment Insurance, MN WorkForce Center – Find out how to apply for benefits

Veterans Affairs, US Dept of Veterans Affairs – Office of Financial Directives, Manuals & VA Directives | | VA Handbooks |

Veteran – Minnesota – LinkVet, 1-888-546-5838 : information on veterans’ benefits, healthcare, education, and reintegration.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services, part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
(for people with disabilities who need services to prepare for work, or to find and keep a job)

Welfare Web Sites, from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Womenslaw.org
State-by-state legal information and resources for domestic violence.
This site brings a lot of information together – use it

Workers’ Compensation, MN Dept Labor & Industry (Hotline: 1-800-342-5354)

If you know of a wonderful website that you think we should add to this page, please let us know.