Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC)

The designated Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) for Minnesota and addresses the unique legal needs of Minnesotans with disabilities.
Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Minnesota
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: MDLC
Lists: P&A

MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities. All individuals with disabilities are eligible to receive help, regardless of age or income level.

Legal Aid attorneys work with people with disabilities to ensure they: 1) receive the necessary support and services to live independent and productive lives in the community; 2) are not victims of abuse or discrimination; and 3) receive vocational rehabilitation services to which every individual is entitled.

Services range from educating clients about services that are available to them, to advocating on their behalf and representing clients in court and hearings. We also offer access to community legal education resources and other materials to help inform people with disabilities about their rights to services.


News Story

Restraints and seclusion used improperly at St. Peter state hospital, group alleges

Chris Serres
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
July 30, 2015
Minnesota’s troubled psychiatric hospital in St. Peter continues to restrain and seclude patients in ways that violate the hospital’s own policies, according to a report released Wednesday by Legal Aid’s Minnesota Disability Law Center.

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Lawsuit claims state of Minnesota has underspent funds meant to serve the disabled

Chris Serres
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
August 29, 2015
Thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities have been forced needlessly to wait months and even years for community-based services because the state has underspent more than $1 billion in public funds, according to a lawsuit.

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