The Mission of the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. is to protect, promote and expand the rights of people with disabilities.
The ODLC mission reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect; to be free from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination.
The ODLC mission also reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to equal rights and to equally effective access to the same opportunities as are afforded other members of society.
OKLegalConnect.org is here!
Oklahoma Disability Law Center has partnered with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Legal Services to bring you OKLegalConnect.org.
OKLegalConnect.org is a simple way to find free or low cost legal help for those who qualify.
Each partner organization has specific eligibility criteria and may have restrictions on what type of legal issues they are able to handle, this one-stop solution matches your legal issue with the right service, in the right place, at the right price.
Whether you’re facing discrimination, special education issues, guardianship issues, eviction or foreclosure, divorce, child support or visitation rights, or other legal problems, the help you need is just a few clicks away.
Start by going to OKLegalConnect.org and answering a few confidential questions:
The OKLegalConnect.org interview provides an initial screening for legal help based on common basic eligibility requirements.
We will try to match you with the best low or no-cost legal fee organization that might take your case or give you legal advice.
These free or low-cost providers in Oklahoma are a part of this service:
• Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
• Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
• Oklahoma Disability Law Center
Other organizations in Oklahoma provide free or low-cost legal help.
We will also give you information to contact them.
On March 3, 2019 the Oklahoma HealthCare Authority (OHCA) posted proposed rules for the coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis Services. ODLC has serious concerns about the proposed rules as written. We have partnered with the Autism Legal Resource Center to submit public comment to OHCA detailing these concerns. Our joint public comment follows:
“We don’t want people having to leave our state just to get better services,” said the girl’s attorney, Brian Wilkerson, director of litigation and legal services at the Oklahoma Disability Law Center. “If your only coverage is through SoonerCare, we’re leaving a large number of citizens that need these vital services out in the cold.”
Oklahoma Disability Law Center (ODLC) Successful in Pursuit of ABA Coverage for Oklahoma SoonerCare Beneficiaries
January 30, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oklahoma City, OK- Today, Administrative Law Judge, Joseph H. Young, issued a decision on a hearing held in December 2018 compelling the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for children covered by the state’s Medicaid program, SoonerCare.
Brian Wilkerson, Director of Litigation and Legal Services for ODLC said, “While state law has required private insurers to cover ABA therapy for children since 2016, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program has continued to deny coverage.”
Judge Young ordered the OHCA to cover ABA therapy under Medicaid’s EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment) benefit for children under age 21. Under the EPSDT mandate, States are required to arrange for and cover any Medicaid coverable service listed in Section 1905(c) of the Social Security Act that is determined to be medically necessary for individuals eligible for the EPSDT benefit.
Kendra Webb, mother of ODLC’s client, stated “We are thrilled the OHCA is finally providing this much needed therapy to our child, and we hope that in the near future all children with Autism Spectrum Disorder covered by SoonerCare will be able to access this benefit.”
“While this order is specific to our client,” said Joy Turner, attorney with ODLC, “we believe Judge Young’s order makes it clear that the OHCA must cover ABA therapy, when medically necessary, for all children covered by EPSDT.”
The Oklahoma Disability Law Center is the federally funded Protection and Advocacy agency for Oklahoma. ODLC provides free legal services to persons with disabilities, monitors facilities to prevent abuse and neglect, and is especially focused on systemic issues.
“ODLC will continue to push for systemic changes that will ensure all families in need of such vital services as ABA therapy are able to receive them”, said Brian Wilkerson.
Brian Wilkerson, Director of Litigation and Legal Services, Oklahoma Disability Law Center
Copy of the order is available on our website: OHAC ABA Final Order 1-30-19 – Redacted
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The GoVoter Project is investigating issues around voting for people with disabilities. GoVoter has developed a survey to help them better understand the barriers voters with disabilities face when voting. The deadline for completing the survey has been extended until January 15, 2019. If you are a person with a disability and voted in the November 2018 elections, please a take a few minutes to complete their SURVEY.
Are you ready to cast your Vote tomorrow?
Here are some helpful resources:
- Find Your Polling Place and Sample Ballot— The Oklahoma Election Board Online Voter Tool allows you to confirm your voter registration, find your polling place, view sample ballots, and track absentee ballots.
- Candidate Guides — If you need more information on the candidates running for office in your area, check out these handy guides GetToThePolls.com, Ballotpedia, Ballot Ready, and Vote411.
- Discount Rides to the Polls —Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber are offering free or discounted rides to the polls. Find out more about Lyft, Uber and Lime.
- Election Day Hotlines – Call ODLC toll free at 800-880-7755 . Here are some other valuable numbers: 866-OUR-VOTE isn’t just a handy phone number, it’s a robust resource for every citizen’s voting needs if they have questions or experience problems at the polls. It’s also available in Spanish at 866-VE-Y-VOTA, several Asian languages at 888-API-VOTE, and in Arabic at 844-YALLA-US.