U.S. FEDERAL / NATIONAL SERVICES:
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: National Information Center for Children and Learning Disabilities Association of America is committed to ensuring that all students with learning disabilities graduate from high school with a standard diploma-prepared for college and the workplace. ncld.org Tel: 888-575-7373 | www.ldanatl.org | 412-341-1515
- US. Department of Health and Human Services-Office Of Disability-Topics: Oversees the implementation and coordination of programs and policies that enhance the health and well-being of people with disabilities across all ages, races, and ethnicities. Among the information covered are advocacy, community integration, health and human services, housing, education, employment for people with disabilities. If you have a general question regarding disability, please feel free to contact us, however, we will only respond to inquiries that are submitted to the Office in writing (by post or email). E-mail: ODinfo@hhs.gov U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Room 637D, Washington D.C. 20201
- HEATH Resource Center | A clearinghouse on postsecondary education for people with disabilities | www.heath.gwu.edu | Tel. 800-544-3284
STATE OF FLORIDA SERVICES:
- The State or Florida Department of Education provides Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.
- Miami-Dade County Department of Community Action and Human Services offers services to people with disabilities: Empowering families, individuals and communities through the provision of comprehensive social services. The office can be reached at: COMMUNITY ACTION AND HUMAN SERVICES | Director: Lucia Davis-Raiford | Overtown Transit Village North | 701 NW 1st Court, 10th Floor Miami, FL 33136 | 786-469-4600
- State of Florida Family Network on Disabilities | fndfl.org | Information, referral services, training workshops and more. 2735 Whitney Road, Clearwater | 800-825-5736
- Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology | www.faast.org | Nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide those with disabilities with the technology to function independently | 11200 SW Eighth St., Miami | 305-348-7585
CITY/ LOCAL SERVICES: (Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties):
- CHADD – Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder chadd.org
National Office 800-233-4050
Miami-Dade County 305-361-2609
Broward County South 954-680-0799
Broward County North 954-753-3518
Palm Beach County 561-478-5160
- Easter Seal Centers | Evaluation and a variety of therapies including speech, physical and occupational. Miami-Dade County: 305-325-0470 | Broward County: 954-792-8772 | Palm Beach County: 561-471-1688 | https://www.easterseals.com
- Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps | Miami-Dade County’s lead agency to plan, provide, arrange and coordinate-free services to individuals with disabilities and their families | 305-596-1160
- Attention Deficit & Learning Disorders Group |Support for parents dealing with attention-deficit disorders and learning disabilities, with discussions on solutions, school accommodations, legal issues and more. Usually meets at South Miami Hospital Health Education Center. 6200 SW 73rd St., South Miami 786-662-5080
Overtown Transit Village North
701 NW 1st Court,
Miami, FL 33136
- The Advocate Program: The Advocate Program’s Reentry Services provides ex-offenders preemptive support to restructure their lives and achieve success within pro-social parameters. The Program motivates ex-offenders to identify the dangers of antisocial thoughts and associations to learn that crime can no longer be considered an acceptable lifestyle choice; rather a destructive pattern of behavior. Providing ex-offenders with evidence based reentry services has been shown nationwide to be a cost-effective and valuable option for communities victimized by crime. These services help to reduce the likelihood of offender recidivism, improve public safety, and maximize the potential of offenders using an evidence-based system, including risk and need assessments and other tested tools to design a tailored recovery process for a successful and pro-social reintegration into the community.
1399 NW 17th Ave., 2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33125
- OIC of South Florida: OIC of South Florida (OIC-SFL) is a beacon of hope through its ability to serve as a community-based workforce, job development, and training organization. OIC-SFL focuses on the unemployed, underemployed, unskilled, and those with barriers to self-sufficiency due to past indiscretions in their background through our various Workforce Development Division programs. OIC-SFL also seeks to proactively address the vicious cycles of poverty via our Youth & Family Division programs. By partnering with local schools and government agencies, OIC-SFL can successfully provide career awareness and readiness programming annually to over 7,000 students in middle school and high school.
5120 NW 24th Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
- HIV Law Project: (Please refer to: HIV/AIDS Services)Legal Services of Greater Miami: Each year we handle a variety of civil legal matters benefiting more than 20,000 individuals and families. We recover almost $2.6 million for clients in disability, unemployment, child support, and government benefits. We are able to so effectively serve our community due to the strength and diversity of our staff, Board, Campaign Committee, and Legal Services Foundation Board.
4343 West Flagler Street, Suite 100
Miami, FL 33134
Florida Online Intake
Telephone: 1-305-576-0080 (Miami-Dade)
Office of the Public Defender in Miami-Dade
Bennett H. Brummer Building
1320 NW 14th Street
Miami, FL 33125
The Children’s Courthouse
155 NW 3rd Street, Suite 7000
Miami, FL 33128
Jackson Medical Towers
1500 NW 12th Avenue, 9th Floor
Miami, FL 33136
Directory of LGBT Services and Resources: List of resources available to the LGBT community.
- Aqua Foundation: The Aqua Foundation for Women’s primary mission is to promote the equality, strength, health and visibility of South Florida lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (LBT) women. Monies raised during the Fund’s signature event, Aqua Girl® Week, as well as through individual and group donations go directly to educate, empower and foster the women’s communities.
- The Pride Center at Equality Park: The Pride Center at Equality Park (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of South Florida) serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community. They provide information, education, advocacy, support, human services, cultural experiences, and social opportunities. The Center works to foster personal development and quality for life for the entire community.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM SERVICES
- Miami-Dade Advocates for Victims (Safespace North and South): The purpose of the Advocates for Victims Program is to provide the survivors of domestic violence a safe living environment with supportive services and access to other community resources. The Program’s mission is to promote and encourage residents to become self-confident, self-reliant, and self-sufficient as they take steps in their journey towards independent living. Survivors will be provided linkages to an array of services that will empower them to make healthy choices about their physical, social, emotional and economic well-being in an environment free from emotional and physical abuse.
Phone: (305) 285-5904
Fax: (305) 250-9161
- Safe Horizon: victim assistance organization that provides support, prevents violence, and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. For more information and if you need help please contact:
Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 621-HOPE (4673)
Crime Victims Hotline: (866) 689-HELP (4357)
Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline: (212) 227-3000
- Nancy J. Cotterman Center: Broward County’s only Certified Rape Crisis and Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center
400 NE 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel: 954 357 5775
24 Hour Sexual Assault Helpline- 954-761-RAPE
- Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center
Jackson Memorial Hospital
1611 NW 12 Ave Ambulatory Care Center- East, 1st floor, room 116A
Miami, FL 33136
305-585-7273 – 24/7 Crisis & Sexual Assault Helpline
For hearing or speech impaired, please contact us through Florida Relay at 1-800-955-8771, TTY.
State of Florida Healthcare Services
BENEFITS INFORMATION: FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
- ACCESS Florida: To apply for Medicaid, temporary cash and food assistance, housing assistance, refugee assistance, home energy assistance, and legal services see MyFLFamilies.com, MyFlorida.com/accessflorida or call the toll-free number (866) 762-2237.
- Medicaid. For information on Medicaid services, to file a Medicaid complaint, to report possible Medicaid fraud, or for referral to your local Medicaid office, call the toll-free number (888) 419-3456. You can also find information at http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/medicaid/florida-medicaid-general.aspx as well as AHCA.MyFlorida.com/Medicaid. To apply for Medicaid refer to the Department of Children and Families section.
- Health Care Facilities. For referral to health facility regulation or to file a complaint against a facility, or provider, call the toll-free number (888) 419-3456. For more information visit AHCA.MyFlorida.com/MCHQ.
- Health Care Data. Health care data can be viewed at FloridaHealthFinder.gov/CompareCare/SelectChoice.aspx and FloridaHealthFinder.gov/researchers/researchers.aspx. To order patient level data on hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and emergency departments, call (850) 412-3772 or click Order Data. For Medicaid data visit AHCA.MyFlorida.com/Medicaid.
- Managed Health Care (health plans). For information on managed health care regulation visit www.ahca.myflorida.com/medicaid/statewide_mc/index.shtml. If you have a complaint, first contact your health plan for their grievance process. Once you have completed that, if you are still not satisfied call (888) 419-3456 for information on further action that may be available to you.
Additional Consumer Health Websites:
- FloridaHealthFinder.gov provides tools to compare hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, emergency rooms, hospices, health plans, physicians, and nursing homes. The site includes the A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia; a list of health care facilities; information on insurance, medications, seniors, medical conditions, and resources for the uninsured; consumer publications; information for health care professionals; and much more.
- MyFloridaRx.com was established by AHCA and the Office of the Attorney General. View the website to compare prices on the 150 most commonly used prescription drugs sold at pharmacies in your community.
- FHIN.net (Florida Health Information Network) provides information and resources on the Agency’s initiatives for Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange. These initiatives can help improve the quality of health care for all Floridians by helping to prevent medical errors, reduce unnecessary health care costs, increase efficiencies of care and administration, and improve patient involvement. The website also includes information and resources on e-Prescribing, a personal health record tool kit, and the Medicaid Health Information Network.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH)
- County Health Departments (CHD) provide primary care and personal health services, plus immunizations and disease control. Find your local office at DOH.state.fl.us/chdsitelist.
- Health Care Professionals. DOH licenses and regulates health care professionals. To read more and to find a list of health care professionals visit FLHealthSource.gov. To report someone working as a health care professional without a state license, call the DOH toll-free number (877) 425-8852, (850) 245-4444
- Complaints. To request a form to file a complaint against a health care professional call the toll-free number (877) 425-8852 or visit FLHealthSource.gov. The complaint is required to be in writing.
- Bureau of Vital Statistics. For information on official records of birth, death, marriage, and divorce in Florida call (904) 359-6900 or visit FloridaHealth.gov/certificates-and-registries/index.html.
- Children’s Medical Services (CMS) provides comprehensive care to eligible children with special health care needs, including prevention and early intervention programs, as well as primary, specialty and long-term care. The Newborn Screening Program (tests all children born in Florida for genetic, metabolic and hemoglobinopathic disorders) and the Early Steps Program (serves Florida’s infants and toddlers with developmental delays) are also housed in Children’s Medical Services. To learn more and to find contact information, visit cms-kids.com.
Contact DOH for information on maternal and child health; particular diseases; disease prevention and immunizations; health alerts; rural, minority, and environmental health; emergency medical services; brain and spinal cord injury; and statistics on morbidity, mortality, births, population, and other community health indicators. Find these and other topics at FloridaHealth.gov/a-z.html .
- Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline provides immediate linkage to a clinician who can provide the following in a culturally-appropriate manner: access to antiretroviral medications, medical assessments, and education on what HIV is and how one can manage HIV and live healthy. Contact (800) FLA-AIDS
FAMILY HEALTH and MENTAL HEALTH
Contact DCF for information on childcare, adult protective services, and homelessness. Find resources and more at MyFLFamilies.com/service-programs .
FLORIDA AGENCY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (APD)
- This agency assists people with developmental disabilities and their families by identifying needed support and services. A wide range of services include support coordination, transportation, various therapies, home based services, supported employment services, medical services, and many others. An application for services is available by calling (866) 273-2273, (850) 488-4237 or at APD.MyFlorida.com
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS (FDVA)
- Benefits. Provides information and services related to veterans’ benefits, including compensation, education, health, pension, and other benefits. Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. Provides the addresses and contact information for Florida veterans’ nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Newsletter. Provides navigation links to veterans’ information and subscription access for the eFloridaVetsNews electronic newsletter. Contact FDVA at (727) 518-3202 on life insurance, death benefits, Board of Veterans’ Appeals procedures, and home loans for veterans and their beneficiaries, FloridaVets.org