IPAS staff may only provide individual advocacy services to eligible individuals.
The following procedure has been established to determine client eligibility:
1. IPAS will provide advocacy services to individuals that are eligible for services based on program guidelines or regulations, and
2. When the problem is clearly the result of an individual's disability as defined in federal laws or contracts.
3. IPAS may not provide advocacy services when the problem involves a client's statutory right to appointed counsel, e.g., commitment, guardianship or criminal proceedings, unless there are compelling or unique circumstances as determined by the Executive Director or designee.
4. IPAS does not represent the interests of service providers, family members, guardians, Advocates, or conservators of individuals with disabilities only our client's interests. In this regard, IPAS does not represent petitioners regarding guardianship proceedings.
5. In order to make optimal use of limited resources, IPAS will consider the following factors when making the determination about when to provide individual representation to eligible individuals:
a) The problem reflects IPAS' priorities and objectives.
b) The resolution of the problem requires IPAS assistance.