Mental Health Law Project

The Mental Health Law Project is designed to provide legal assistance in civil matters to persons who are severely and persistently mentally ill.


This project focuses primarily on issues relating to basic necessities of life, such as housing, public benefits, access to health care and child support.


Clients must be at least 18 years of age and functionally disabled by a severe and persistent mental illness. Behavioral problems resulting from mental retardation, head injury, stroke, epilepsy or other organic dysfunction do not qualify.

Client must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Receives SSI or SSD based upon a psychiatric diagnosis of severe mental illness;

  • Has been an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital at least twice within the past 2 years;

  • Has been seen in an emergency room for psychiatric problems at least three times in the past 18 months, however, only one visit is countable in each 3 month period

  • Has been an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital for six consecutive months at any time in his or her life;

  • Has been residing in a community residence or supported housing for the mentally ill for six consecutive months

We're committed to helping people in need vindicate their rights under the law.

Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, serving Long Island since 1966.
This website is designed for general information only.

The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

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