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Hope for a Better Mississippi

The following organization may be helpful to individuals in Mississippi who are who are living with one of the various types of diabetes and are in need of assistance:

blood_glucose_measure_diabetes_check_.jpgAccording to various research studies, approximately 24 million Americans have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that can affect both adults and children in various ways. In addition to the physical and mental affects caused by diabetes, the disease can also affect individuals and families financially. Through their various programs and services, The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) has the goal of helping as many Mississippians living with diabetes as possible.

DFM works year round to provide hope through services, programs and research to those living with diabetes. The Foundation's programs and services are offered to individuals of all ages and include: emergency assistance, educational programs for students, community screenings, health fairs, medicine assistance and support groups.

DFM also offers patient assistance resources as well. Through "Helping Hands", DFM provides free one-time emergency patient assistance for diabetes related medication and supplies. This service is provided for individuals living with diabetes who are uninsured or underinsured. Patients in need of assistance must have their social worker or medical team contact the Foundation to verify their medical need.

To also help individuals receive medications at a lower cost, DFM provides is a free discount prescription drug card. Individuals and their families can save up to 75 percent at more than 54,000 national and regional pharmacies. The program is flexible and can be used as a primary plan or concurrently with your insurance plan.

For more information about the programs and services of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, please call (601) 957-7878 if your located in North Mississippi or (601) 579-7790 if you are located in South Mississippi.

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Hard of Hearing?

Here's a program for individuals in the Memphis, TN area who suffer from a disabling hearing loss: Individuals who suffer from loss of hearing face difficult communication challenges. Having a lack of hearing can present limitations that may affect an individual's speech capabilities, relationships, ability to complete education, employment and general well being. Recognizing the unique need of these individuals, Tennessee's Department of Human Services has created a new component that offers specialized vocational rehabilitation services through their Division of Rehabilitation Services. Through the program, eligible clients who are deaf or hard of hearing are paired with trained Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. The Counselors will assist the clients in overcoming their communication challenges by offering services to help them improve their skills needed to enter, retain or return to competitive employment. Although services are individualized and tailored to each client's personal needs, they generally include:753468_ear.jpg

Guidance and Counseling Vocational Training Post Secondary Education Interpreting Services Provision of Hearing Aids and Other Adaptive Devices Personal Adjustment Training Technology Services Job Placement Physical Restoration Information Referral

Services are provided based upon the economic need of an individual. Therefore a financial contribution may be required on the part of the client. For more information about the program and to determine your eligibility call the Tennessee Department of Human Services at (615) 313-4700. If you or a member of your family is unable to work due to a hearing loss, don't give up! Let The Cochran Firm help you get the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits you deserve. To schedule a free case review, please contact our disability attorneys today. Click for more information about Social Security disability lawyers in Memphis, TN.

Meeting the Needs of the Community

The following organization may be helpful to individuals in the Jackson, MS area who are waiting for their Social Security benefits to process and are in need of assistance: Applying for Social Security benefits can be a long process and often times this leaves vulnerable individuals without the adequate funds to access everyday basic necessities that they may need. With a mission to provide food, clothing, shelter and care to those in need, Stewpot Community Services offers a variety of services to the elderly, disabled, children and low-income individuals within the community. The staff and volunteers of Stewpot work hard to nurture individuals. They aid individuals in getting back on their feet and becoming proud members of the community. Beginning as a soup kitchen, Stewpot has grown to offer several programs and services. These programs and services include:

For more information about the programs and services of Stewpot or to receive assistance, please call (601) 353-2759.
Stewpot Community Services
1100 W. Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39203
Tel: (601) 353-2759
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Road to Success

The following program(s) may be helpful to individuals with mental health disabilities and/or developmental disabilities in the New Orleans, LA area: The terms "mental health disability" and "developmental disability" are used to describe a wide range of disorders that can affect the cognitive process, behavior, mood and coping skills of an individual. To date, more than 200 mental health disorders have been identified. Due to the wide spectrum of symptoms and effects, these disorders can be both difficult to diagnose and treat. Often times this leads individuals down a long road to recovery and process. To make that road shorter, the Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD) strives to provide opportunities for individuals and their families to receive the support and services that will enable them to live as full members within their communities. Through MHSD, eligible Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parish residents can receive assistance through the Mental Health services program as well as the Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) program. These programs include:

Day Treatment Programs Pharmacy Assistance Programs Case Management Child/Adolescent Programs Adult Programs Cash Subsidy Programs Support Services Personal Care Assistance Respite Services Crisis Assistance Psychological Services
In addition to Mental Health services and DDS, MHSD also provides Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). Through PSH, housing is provided for individuals with disabilities who have low incomes and are in danger of becoming homeless or institutionalized. In order to receive housing through the program, individuals must meet the various eligibility requirements including household income. If you believe that you or a family member may qualify for any of the services listed above and are in need of assistance, call the Metropolitan Human Services District at (504) 599-0245 for more information. 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 are in need of assistance in applying for Social Security disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM.

Dental Lifeline

The following program may helpful to those who are waiting on their Social Security benefits to process and are in need of affordable dental care:

The National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH) is a charitable affiliate of the ADA whose purpose is to arrange dental services for the needy, disabled, elderly, or medically compromised individuals. NFDH, now Dental Lifeline Network, includes 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,000 volunteer laboratories. This network is available across the country and offers the program, Donated Dental Services (DDS).
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DDS goal is to restore patients to oral health which will enable them to maintain their health at an affordable cost. Participation in the program is simple and offers individuals that were not able to benefit from Medicaid and Medicare programs the opportunity to receive quality dental assistance. Patients will have a DDS Coordinator to answer questions in addition to being the liaison between the patients, dentists, and the labs.

DDS services are offered in all 50 states to the elderly, individuals with disabilities or individuals who are medically uninsured and have no other way of paying for dental care. For more information or to apply for the program in your state, please visit Dental Lifeline Network.

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

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