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Child Care Policy Issues

This list will discuss child care policy issues in New York State. It is open to child care advocates in New York State, but not to local social services districts or state officials. We hope that advocates will use the list to ask questions and create dialogue on policy issues concerning child care.

To join the discussion, please check this box or send an e-mail with the information requested in the form to Susan Antos

DAP Online Discussion List
IV-D-child Support List

This list serve has been created to meet the needs of legal services programs in New York State who work with low income individuals affected by the child support collections system, also known as the IV-D system (from Title IV-D of the Social Security Act).

This list will focus on issues involving child support as it relates public assistance (the pass through and excess support) and other areas where benefits and child support collection issues intersect. We expect that areas of discussion will include: access to information (the child support call center), Medicaid (the new federal medical support regulations, confinement costs), state owed arrears issues and other issues as they come up.

This will not be a discussion for issues involving Family Court practice unless it specifically relates to a IV-D issue.

Domestic Violence Disability News Discussion Group

DV-Disability Online Discussion List is a discussion group that allows New York State domestic violence program advocates, disability-related service organizations, and Deaf service providers the opportunity to exchange ideas and information, raise questions, network, and share resources and successes throughout the state on the topic of domestic violence experienced by women with disabilities or who are Deaf. We will also use this list to coordinate training and outreach activities, as well as the provision of technical assistance.

Discussion group membership is limited to domestic violence programs, disability-related service organizations, and Deaf service providers. New members are encouraged to join and all applicants will be screened to determine if they qualify for membership. The Empire Justice Center, the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Center for Disability Rights will serve as administrators and monitors of this discussion group.

Members should be aware that this discussion group is not confidential and postings to the listserv will be received by a diverse group of service provider members across the state. Postings to DV-DISABILITY do not constitute legal advice or services. Upon admission to the discussion group, you will receive further listserv guidelines.

This list is not open to individuals or consumers seeking domestic violence or disability-related services or assistance. If you need help, contact the New York State 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline at:

English: 1-800-942-6906
Spanish: 1-800-942-6908
English TTY: 1-800-818-0656
Spanish TTY: 1-800-780-7660

To join our discussion, please check the box.

Domestic Violence News Discussion Group

The primary purpose and mission of DVNews is to provide opportunities for question raising, information sharing, networking, and dissemination of other educational and resources for New York's civil legal services attorney community and selected others assisting victims and survivors of intimate partner violence. This is a robust listserv and new members are encouraged to join. Access to and use of this discussion group is strictly determined by its members.

To aid in screening for listserv access, potential members are asked to provide the name of the organization they work for and subscribe using their organizational e-mail address. Members have determined that this listserv community may include NY-based civil legal services attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, attorneys working for/in domestic violence programs, attorneys in law school clinical programs or law professors, domestic violence victim advocates, staff at the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence or the Family Justice Centers, as well as domestic violence-related staff from the Center for Court Innovation. Consideration will also be given to legislators and their staff who are advancing domestic violence-related bills.

While some individuals may benefit from participation, they may not advance the listserv's primary mission. Membership reviewers recognize that the presence of certain other professionals on this listserv may inhibit open discussion about issues critical to the primary listserv community, as well as raise potential legal conflicts. Accordingly, this listserv community has determined that this list shall not include students, prosecutors, law enforcement or community corrections staff, court staff or members of the judiciary, staff from state or local social service agencies, legal services attorneys whose primary practice is to represent alleged domestic violence perpetrators, or members of the private bar. Membership reviewers reserve the discretion to make certain exceptions and allow access to the listserv on a case-by-case basis (i.e. where the private bar attorney works with a legal services provider or domestic violence program as a volunteer representing significant numbers of victims of domestic violence and is known to the listserv community).

As a listserv member, we encourage you to respond to the questions, issues and ideas circulated by other members. Members should be aware that this discussion group is not confidential. Members of various legal and non-legal organizations will be receiving your emails. Please do not refer to specific client names or details. While this list is self-facilitated, listserv administrators are responsible for addressing inappropriate postings.

To join the discussion, please check this box.

Employment Law Online Discussion List

This list is to provide assistance to legal services advocates in New York State with unemployment insurance, wage and hour, reentry, discrimination, ADA, and FMLA claims.

Family Law Online Discussion List

This list is for legal services advocates in New York State who represent clients in Family Court

HIV Online Discussion List

Please read this description of the group before checking this box to subscribe.

Housing Online Discussion List

The Housing Online Discussion Group is for legal services attorneys and advocates in New York State who represent tenants.

Kinship Care Online Discussion Group

The Kinship Care Online Discussion Group provides a forum to legal advocates who represent or provide legal advice to those who are or seek to be kinship caregivers. The Discussion Group provides and opportunity to discuss legal issues, to raise questions, and to share information, tips, and strategies. Kinship care refers to grandparents and relatives who provide primary care. Under many circumstances the term can also include non-relative primary caregivers. The discussion group is open to legal advocates who serve the kinship care community.

Language Access Online Discussion Group

The purpose of this listserv is to permit and encourage advocates to post and respond to queries, report on issues of concern, and share information and strategies concerning language access in social services, the courts, housing, health care, education and other arenas in which New Yorkers with limited English proficiency are entitled to assistance in communicating and interacting.

LGBT Online Discussion Group

The LGBT Online Discussion Group provides legal advocates who represent lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual individuals in New York State with a forum to discuss legal issues, to raise questions, share information, and share practice tips and strategies. The discussion group is open to legal advocates and service providers who work with the LGBT communities.

LGBT - NYC Online Discussion Group

The LGBT Online Discussion Group is NYC specific. It is for legal advocates in the city who represent lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual individuals with a forum to discuss legal issues, to raise questions, share information, and share practice tips and strategies. The discussion group is open to legal advocates and service providers in the city who work with the LGBT communities.

Medical-legal Partnership Discussion List

The Medical-legal partnership discussion group allows members who either have a medical-legal partnership or who are interested in starting one share information and resources. Legal and medical professionals are encouraged to join the discussion group.

 Marketplace Peer Assist Listserv (Marketplace PAL)

The description and signup for this list is at this link.

Medicaid Online Discussion List

This is a discussion group on Medicaid issues in New York State. It is primarily for legal services advocates, but if you are in private practice and want to join, please give us an indication of your community involvment (board positions, pro-bono work, bar committees)

Medicare Part D Discussion List

This is a discussion group on issues arising from the implementation of Medicare Part D in New York State. It is a list open to advocates working anywhere in New York State. The list is open to people in non-profits as well as private practice. It is not open to government employees.

National Cancer Legal Services Network

The National Cancer Legal Services Network - LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group, recently received funding from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to form a national network of providers that assist cancer survivors and their families with legal issues. The Network is comprised of direct legal services programs, pro bono groups and organizations that provide training to healthcare professionals and survivors. The Network members will share best practices, exchange information and resources and discuss sustainability strategies. The Network and list serve are open to any program throughout the country that assists survivors on legal matters.

NYC Education Online Discussion List

This list is primarily for advocates practicing in New York City.

NYC Housing Online Discussion List

This list is primarily for advocates practicing in New York City.

Parent Representative Online Discussion List

The Parent Representative listserv is a discussion group that allows legal advocates for parents involved in the child welfare system to communicate ideas and information, raise questions, and share successes throughout the state. I thought that you might be interested in this discussion group.

The discussion group will be open to legal advocates who work with parents involved in the child welfare system. New members are encouraged to join. We will screen all potential members to determine that they are parents' advocates.

Public Benefits Online Discussion List

This discussion list is for advocates in New York State who represent people seeking public assistance or food stamps

Special Education Online Discussion List

This discussion group allows legal advocates who represent students with special education needs to raise questions, share information, and share practice tips. We also hope to coordinate training, outreach activities, and the delivery of legal services.

The discussion group is open to legal advocates who work for students with special education needs. We ask that lay advocate groups designate one representative per organization to access the discussion group. Unlike some of the other groups hosted by WNYLC, this group does not have a staff member from Empire Justice who regularly answers user questions. Members of the group will have to post thoughtful answers as well as inquiries for the list to stay useful.

For now, we intend to limit the group's membership to those who work solely as advocates for children. Even so, members should be aware that this discussion group is not confidential. Members of various legal and non-legal organizations may receive your email. Please do not refer to specific client names or case details.

Stable Homes Campaign

Welcome to the Stable Homes Campaign list-serv! Our purpose here is to provide a place where folks interested in learning about and supporting the Stable Homes Campaign can share information, discuss the issues and talk strategy. The Campaign aims to build support for Home Stability Support (HSS) legislation, which will create a supplement to the woefully inadequate public assistance shelter and fuel-for-heating allowances, so that low-income New Yorkers have a fighting chance to meet the costs of housing and heat.

Special Education Task Force

This discussion list is for advocates in New York State who want to participate in the New York Capital Region Special Education Taskforce

New York State Project Directors Discussion List

This list is for directors of legal services organizations in New York State.