Eligibility Criteria for DRNM's Services & Programs

Eligibility-DRNM may assist individuals who meet the statutory eligibility criteria for its protection and advocacy programs and whose complaints or problems fall under DRNM’s current service priorities.

DRNM does not have the resources to handle every meritorious complaint. Therefore, DRNM sets annual service priorities based on input from individuals with disabilities.


We can answer questions about the legal rights of persons with disabilities, and services they may be entitled to. We can also explain where to apply for disability services or how to get more information.

Client Advocacy

People with disabilities may be denied services or discriminated against; their rights may be violated; they may be subject to abuse or neglect. We can negotiate on an individual’s behalf to resolve these problems, or support their own self-advocacy efforts. In some cases, we can represent persons with disabilities in a hearing or in court.

Group Advocacy

Some problems affect large numbers of people with disabilities, and can best be resolved through changes in funding, policies, regulations, or law. DRNM works with state agencies and the state legislature, or takes legal action, to improve and expand disability services or legal rights.


We provide workshops and presentations on legal rights issues, and on how to obtain benefits or services. Handbooks and other materials on a variety of disability issues are available.