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Don't Ignore Your Mental Health

The term "disability" is not used to refer to physical disabilities only. It is also used to refer to those who are affected by mental illness. Having a mental illness or impairment is a serious medical illness that can have a profound effect on an individual's life. Mental impairment, or mental illness, is a broad term that is used to describe a wide range of disorders that affects an individual's cognitive process, coping skills, their behavior and their mood. The severity of many of the symptoms associated with mental impairments often affects an individual's ability to maintain focus, manage relationships or carry out their responsibilities which often leads to being unable to perform basic job duties.

92296_the_stress_.jpgTo help those in need, many community based organizations nationwide has teamed up with Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) to offer anonymous self-assessments for a variety of mental health issues. Mental illnesses are serious conditions and should not be ignored. Although "Mental Illness Awareness Week" was held October 2-8, 2011 and "National Depression Screening Day" was held October 6, 2011, individuals are still encouraged to learn more about mental health and to be screened for mental health illnesses.


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If you or someone you know is no longer able to work due to a mental illness, don't give up! The experienced attorneys of The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers can help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve. Our team has helped thousands of individuals in receiving their Social Security benefits and we are ready to go to work for you! For more information or to receive a free case review, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-.843-3476).

More Than Housing

With the help of two grants offered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Augusta Housing Authority provides residents with more than housing. Through the two HUD provided grants, AHA residents are given the opportunity to participate in programs that enable them to achieve their goals of reaching economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Programs offered:
444047_happy_family.jpgUnder the Family Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator Grant, AHA is able to offer the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. Open to all residents who are current participants of AHA's Section 8 program, the goal of the FSS program is to develop a comprehensive program that gives participants the skills and experience they need to establish self-sufficiency. Participants of AHA's FSS program are provided with case management services to help them achieve goals such as obtaining degrees, employment or qualifying for homeownership.

Residents who currently receive housing assistance through AHA's Public Housing program are also provided with opportunities to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Through the Resident Opportunities for Self -Sufficiency Grant, AHA offers a variety of opportunities for residents to fulfill their community service requirement while at the same time, enhancing their lives. Under the grant, the Economic Opportunity Authority provides life skills training, employment training and childcare services to current AHA Public Housing Participants.

For more information about the FSS program, individuals should contact their case manager or call the FSS/Homeownership Coordinator at (706) 312-3142. For more information on the programs available for Public Housing residents, individuals should contact Resident Service s at (706) 312-3155.

If you or a loved one has a disability and would like more information about Social Security Disability benefits or need assistance in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

Helping Families End Hunger

Are you in need of food assistance? If so, don't fret! The following organization, located in Tupelo, MS, maybe able to help you:

Having to choose between paying the bills, purchasing essential medications or providing food for their families is the harsh reality faced by many individuals today. This can be especially challenging for those living on fixed incomes such as Social Security benefits. With a mission to help those in need, the St. Luke Food Pantry strives to end hunger throughout the Lee County area as well as its surrounding communities. By securing and providing donated and purchased food as well as other essential items, the St. Luke Food Pantry is able to reach out and provide families and individuals with the assistance they need. pantry.jpg

The St. Luke Food Pantry is open to all those in need every Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Although St. Luke provides assistance to everyone in need, a special emphasis is placed on the elderly, individuals with disabilities, families or individuals with children and those who are experiencing a crisis or emergency situation.

For more information about the St. Luke Food Pantry or to receive assistance, call (662) 842-6522.
 

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers , we understand that a disability can affect an individual physically, mentally and financially. If Social Security has denied your benefits, don't give up! Our experienced attorneys are available to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve. Contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476) and let us go to work for you!

1024726_little_girl_with_her_horse_and_kitty.jpgTrotting to Success

Here's a great program for individuals with disabilities in the Birmingham, AL area:

Individuals with developmental, physical, emotional and mental disabilities are often faced with challenges and limitations that can last a lifetime. However through lifestyle adjustments and therapies, many individuals are able to manage, adapt or possibly overcome the vast array of symptoms that frequently hold them back from experiencing the joys of life.

Through the use of high quality therapeutic horseback riding, Special Equestrians, Inc. has helped many Jefferson and Shelby county residents increase their level of independence and enhance their quality of life. For 25 years, Special Equestrians has provided therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted activities to individuals with physical, mental, developmental and/or emotional disabilities. In addition to providing social interaction to help improve communication skills, the therapeutic horseback riding program provides physical benefits such as increasing strength and stimulating muscles as well as emotional and psychological benefits such as increasing confidence and self-esteem.

The sole focus of the Special Equestrian program is the success of its riders. To become a Special Equestrian rider, individuals must be two (2) years of age or older and diagnosed with a physical, mental, developmental and/or emotional disability. Once approved for the Special Equestrian program, riders are eligible to participate in weekly classes that include a variety of activities such as warm-ups, horse handling, a trail ride or a game. Although there is a fee associated with the Special Equestrian program, riders are not turned down due to their inability to pay.

For more information about Special Equestrians or to apply to become a rider, please call (205) 987-9462.

If you, or a loved one, suffer from a physical, mental, developmental and/or emotional disability, don't give up! The experienced attorneys of The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers can help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve. Our team has helped thousands of individuals in receiving their Social Security benefits and we are ready to go to work for you! For more information or to receive a free case review, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-.843-3476).

Working Towards Independence

The following organziation provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the Baton Rouge, LA area:

Developmental disorders can affect an individual in a variety of ways. Functions such as speech, motor skills, communication skills, social skills and language are most commonly affected and limits an individual's ability to thrive. Dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities, Port City Enterprises enables individuals to live and work as independently as possible. Through Port City Enterprises , individuals are provided with the necessary support services they need to maintain and/or obtain residence and/or employment. These services include:
548822_helping_the_elderly.jpgSupported Employment Services - Assists individuals in securing and maintaining employment

Vocational Training Program - Assists individuals in developing, maintaining and/or increasing their job skills. In addition to the Vocational Training Program, Port City Enterprises also offers Pre-Vocational Training or Habilitation Training.

Community Living Program - Provides opportunities for individuals to increase their independence. Through the Medicaid Waiver Program, Port City Enterprises offers the following services to individuals and/or families: Supervised Independent Living services, Personal Care Attendant and Respite Care Services.

Eligibility for services through Port City Enterprises is determined by an admission committee. Individuals interested in receiving services through Port City Enterprises will be interviewed to evaluate and determine their need. Before meeting with the admission committee, individuals who wish to apply must: be 22 years of age or older; live within Port City Enterprises' service area and have a primary diagnosis of a mental disability or a developmental disability.

For more information about the services and programs available through Port City Enterprises, call (225) 344-1142 or 1-877-344-1142.

If you're disabled and have been denied your disability benefits, don't give up! We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like more information about Social Security Disability benefits or need assistance in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476).


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