Early this year, The Pro Bono Project embarked on a medical legal partnership with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) and the Daughters of Charity Health Centers. They are assisting patients who get medical care at the Daughters’ local clinics with a focus on civil legal issues that can affect health care. One clear need is obtaining public benefits.  The Pro Bono Project thinks many clients have grounds for successful applications but need help. With SLLS and Daughters, the office is sponsoring a 1.5 hour training on 3/22 for interested students.

What:  ABC’s of Disability Applications Training

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Where: Daughters of Charity Heath Center, 3201 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, Community Education Room—3d floor

Why: Low-income disabled patients greatly benefit from acquiring income stability through public benefits such as Social Security Supplemental Security Income or Disability Insurance.  The application process for these benefits can be confusing and tedious for these patients.  Legal volunteers can assist patients with the application process helping them create a more complete and persuasive application and in turn increasing the patients’ chances of receiving benefits.

Training will include a brief overview of Social Security’s disability determination followed by strategies for helping someone apply.

Interested students should email a completed registration form to Patricia Guzmán-Weema at pweema@probono-no.org.

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