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The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) will be holding a free webinar entitled Your Clients' Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Will Expire: Legal Aid Can Help on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

This free webinar will feature representatives from the IRS's Stakeholder Partnerships, Education & Communication (SPEC) to talk about how expiring ITINs might impact your clients - and how you can help - and will share details about how the expanded Certified Acceptance Agent program could be an additional way to facilitate renewal.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe September 2016 edition of Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. 

Health Law PA News is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website.


Friends of FarmworkersFriends of Farmworkers & La Puerta Abierta invite interested organizations to a free program they are hosting entitled Instituto de Promotora, a project of the Los Angeles Women's Center, on November 3, 2016 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at Puentes de Salud, 1700 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

The promotora model develops community leadership, capacity, and  access to services. The model has been adapted to address public health, violence prevention and other community issues. 


PILP - Pennsylvania Institutional Law ProjectThe ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP) filed a federal lawsuit on September 26, 2016 on behalf of Niara Burton, a transgender woman who has been incarcerated in seven different male prisons by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) over the past four years. 

During her incarceration, Burton has been subjected to repeated sexual harassment and abuse, including being raped by another prisoner and forced by a guard to perform oral sex.  The lawsuit alleges that the DOC has failed to put policies and training in place to ensure the safety of transgender women inmates and asks that she be placed in a women’s prison.


Visit www.SocialSecurity.govOn Monday, September 26, 2016 the Social Security Administration will publish final rules, effective January 17, 2017, that revise medical criteria for evaluating mental disorders. This regulation is a comprehensive revision to the criteria for evaluating disability claims involving mental disorders.

The final rule is the last step in a careful, deliberative process that engaged relevant stakeholders, including current disability beneficiaries and their family members, mental-health physicians and treatment providers, and advocacy groups for those with mental disorders. It also reflects information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth edition, the mental health profession's current standard classification of mental disorders.