Disability Rights New York (DRNY) is the Protection & Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP) for persons with disabilities in New York. As the P&A/CAP for New York, DRNY advocates for the civil and legal rights for New Yorkers with disabilities.

New York residents with disabilities can contact DRNY for assistance with problems directly related to their disabilities. DRNY investigates complaints and provides direct assistance to callers with disability-related issues under the terms of its federal grants and its annual goals and priorities.


CAP: Client Assistance Program

PAAT: Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology

PABSS: Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security

PADD: Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

PAIMI: Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness

PAIR: Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights

PATBI: Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries

PAVA: Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access


To learn more about DRNY's work read:




725 Broadway, Suite 450

Albany, New York 12207


25 Chapel Street, Suite 1005

Brooklyn, New York 11201


44 Exchange Blvd, Suite 110

Rochester, New York 14614


(518) 432-7861

(518) 512-3448 (TTY)

(800) 993-8982 (Toll Free)

(518) 427-6561 (Fax)



DRNY provides free legal and advocacy services to individuals with disabilities. Working tirelessly to protect and advance the rights of children and adults with disabilities, DRNY is committed to enabling those we serve to exercise their own life choices and fully participate in community life.


DRNY envisions an inclusive world that provides equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities - one that is free from discrimination, abuse and neglect.

Public Forum Notice


We Want to Hear from You!


On July 25-27, 2017 representatives from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program will visit Disability Rights New York, the Protection and Advocacy system for the state of New York, in Albany.


SAMHSA/CMHS invites you to send written comments about the PAIMI Program services and activities conducted by Disability Rights New York.


Please email your comments to PAIMI@samhsa.hhs.gov

DRNY is supported by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration; U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration; and, the Social Security Administration. The information on DRNY's website does not represent the views, positions or policies of, or the endorsements by, any of these federal agencies.

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