75% of DLC’s funding is obtained through grants and contracts from the federal government. 20% is derived from grants and contracts from the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC). DLCC also receives funding from the United Way, and holds fundraising events and campaigns to supplement its grants and contracts.
DLC uses its funding to operate the following programs:
U.S. Health & Human Services
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PAIDD) program provides legal and advocacy services for persons with developmental disabilities.
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program provides legal and advocacy services for persons with mental illness.
Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) program provides a blueprint for improving and enhancing services for people with traumatic brain injuries in Massachusetts.
Protection and Advocacy Vote Act (PAVA) grant provides services to individuals
with disabilities within the state, as well as education and advocacy to ensure the full participation of individuals with disabilities in the electoral process.
Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technologies (PAAT) program provides legal advocacy to ensure that persons with disabilities get the assistive devices and assistive technology-related services that they need.
U.S. Department of Education
Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) program provides legal and advocacy services to persons with disabilities.
Social Security Administration
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program provides information, advice and assistance to social security beneficiaries trying to secure or regain employment.
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries with Representative Payees (PABRP) program entails onsite reviews of rep payees consisting of detailed assessments of representative payee financial records and of beneficiary well-being. Corrective action plans must be developed and tracked
where deficits are found.
Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC)
General Support Program (MLAC GS) provides backup and support to other legal services in the area of discrimination based on disability.
Disability Benefits Project (DBP) provides backup and support to other legal services in the area of social security law.
Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crimes (CLAVC) is a new project focused on representation of individuals with disabilities who are victims of a crime when the issue they need help with is directly related to the crime they experienced. Individuals with disabilities who are a victim of a crime should call DLC to see if we have the capacity to provide legal assistance.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Discrimination Project provides legal and advocacy services to persons with disabilities who encounter discrimination relating to housing issues.