Resources and Links

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Not every issue we face requires a lawyer. Sometimes we just need some guidance. At Cornwell & Sample, we keep track of the resources and links which our clients and our office staff have found useful to those facing consumer issues. Thousands of websites offer information on health care and healthy living.  But be careful–although many sites offer credible information, regulation of websites is practically non-existent. The following are resources from established medical organizations, government agencies and consumer groups. Please feel free to search our list for resources which may assist you with whatever consumer issue brings you to our site. If you do not find the resource you need, please give us a call and let us help direct you. Also, if you are aware of a resource which you believe should be included on our list, let us know. Our community functions best when we all go out of our way to help one another.

QUICK LINKS TO SUBJECTS BELOW (Alphabetical Order):

BRAIN INJURIES

BUSINESS & FINANCE

COMMUNITY RESOURCES BY CITY

COURTS & GOVERNMENT

CONSUMER GROUPS

FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE MEDICAL BOARD

FINDING A LAWYER

FOR THE CARE GIVERS

GENERAL HEALTH QUESTIONS

GOVERNMENT HEALTH AGENCIES

HOSPICE AND GRIEF COUNSELING

LEGAL RESOURCES

MAPS & DIRECTIONS

MEDICAL RESOURCES

MEDICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS IF YOU ARE UNINSURED

ORTHOPAEDIC INJURIES

RESOURCES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

SAFETY INFORMATION

 

FINDING A LAWYER:

Martindale-Hubbell    An authoritative resource for information on the legal profession, including a database of over one million lawyers and law firms in 160 countries.

Super Lawyers    Credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys created as a resource to assist attorneys and sophisticated consumers in the search for legal counsel. 

Fresno County Bar Association    (559) 264-2619 The Fresno County Bar Association can put you in contact with a local lawyer for a free 1/2 hour consultation.

Central California Legal Services    (559) 570-1200  Seeks justice for low-income community by protecting the rights and opportunities of clients through education, litigation, and advocacy.

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LEGAL RESOURCES:   There are many resources available to assist those who want to pursue their own legal action.

FindLaw    Legal resource providing a comprehensive set of legal professionals.

Legal Terms   Law.com’s online Real Life Dictionary of the Law. The easiest-to-read, most user-friendly guide to legal terms.

The Law Forum   Whether you’re a lawyer, legal professional, law student or just a regular person looking for legal assistance, you can browse our directory. If you’re seeking to have a legal expert answer your legal questions quickly and for free, try our law forum.

The Library of Congress   Official website for the Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution that serves as the research arm of Congress.

LawInfo   LawInfo serves the public by providing access to quality free legal information, and if necessary, qualified legal representation. Our resources cover every single legal issue with explanatory articles, frequently asked questions, free legal forms, videos and infographics.

Basic Legal Citation (The Blue Book)  The Bluebook is the definitive style guide for legal citation in the United States. For generations, law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, and other legal professionals have relied on The Bluebook’s unique system of citation. In a diverse and rapidly changing legal profession.

California Vehicle Code   Online reference to the statutory text of the California Vehicle Code. California Vehicle Laws can be found on this website.

LexisWeb   Free legal research tool at Lexisweb. Powerful tools to access legal, financial, and business news, law, and publications.

Medi-Cal Personal Injury Recovery Section   Section of the Medical Care Services, who is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal) complies with California and federal laws and regulations relating to the legal liability of third parties for health care services to beneficiaries, and of taking all reasonable measures to ensure that the Medi-Cal program is the payer of last resort.

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FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE MEDICAL BOARD:

Medical Board of California   The Medical Board of California is a state agency that licenses medical doctors, investigates complaints, disciplines those who violate the law, conducts physician evaluations, and facilitates rehabilitation where appropriate.

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COURTS & GOVERNMENT:

California Courts    Official website for news, information, rules, and other resources related to the courts of California.

California Secretary of State     Official website of the Secretary of State of California, who is the state’s chief elections officer, responsible for the California State Archives, as well as chartering corporations.

California State Homepage    Official website for the State of California, providing information encompassing business, education, employment, health, home and family, tourism and recreation, and government.

California Department of Industrial Relations    Governmental department established to improve working conditions for California’s wage earners, and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California.

California Department of Pesticide Regulations   Governmental department established to protect human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use, and by fostering reduced-risk pest management.

freeEDGAR    A subscription service providing real-time access to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

GPO Access   A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. This service is funded by the Federal Depository Library Program.

Legislative Branch   Federal legislative information freely available to the public, including bills and resolutions, activity in congress, congressional record, schedules and calendars, committee information, presidential nominations, treaties, government resources, and information for teachers.

Legislative Counsel   Official website for California legislative information as maintained by the Legislative Counsel of California.

SEC Filings and Forms   Part of the official website of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), providing access to filings and forms through EDGAR – the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system. This system performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the SEC.

USA.gov (formerly FirstGov.gov)   United States government’s official web portal, providing the public with improved interaction with the U.S. government. This portal allows visitors to more efficiently find services or information they seek.

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission   Official website for the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, an agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products. Recalls and product safety news can be found at this site.

U.S. Courts   Official website of the United States Court system, providing news, information, rules, and other resources.

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)   Official website of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency of the Department of Labor. This agency is dedicated to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths by issuing and enforcing rules for workplace safety and health.

White House    Official website of the White House, featuring a virtual historical tour, history of American presidents and their families, and selected exhibits of art in the White House.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

Better Business Bureau (BBB)    Official website of the Better Business Bureau, a national organization dedicated to solving marketplace problems through the use of voluntary self-regulation and consumer education. Complaints may be filed with the BBB relating to transaction involving the advertisement and/or sale of a product or service. The organization accepts complaints involving both BBB members and non-members.

United States Chamber of Commerce    The world’s largest not-for-profit business federation staffed with policy specialists, lobbyists, and lawyers. The federation is dedicated to advance human progress through an economic, political, and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility.

NASDAQ   Official site of The NASDAQ Stock Market featuring free stock quotes, stock exchange prices, stock market news, and online stock trading tools.

Fresno Chamber of Commerce    Promoting Business and enhancing the economic and cultural well-being of Fresno County residents.

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SAFETY INFORMATION:

Crash Test   Resource providing results and insurance risk data on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and sport-utility vehicles.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)   IIHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses – deaths, injuries, and property damage – crashes on the nation’s highways. This organization is wholly supported by auto insurers.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)   The NHTSA is dedicated to prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards, and enforcement activity. Information on recalls and technical service bulletins can be found on the site.

National Safety Council   The National Safety Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, international public service organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health. The site provides information on safety, health, and environmental topics, training, products, publications, and news.

Recalls   Official U.S. Government website providing information on recalls from six participating federal agencies, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S.D.A. Food Safety and Inspection Service, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and United States Coast Guard.

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MAPS & DIRECTIONS:

Google Maps   Internet resource providing direction, interactive maps, and satellite/aerial imagery of the United States. This virtual utility allows searches by keywords, including businesses, services, and restaurants. It also provides detailed aerial views of accident scenes sometimes going back for several years.

Yahoo! Maps   Internet resource providing driving directions, traffic information, and more. This virtual utility allows interactive manipulation. It also provides detailed aerial views of accident scenes sometimes going back for several years.

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MEDICAL RESOURCES:   We understand it is sometimes difficult to find the right healthcare provider, especially since right choice often depends on your injuries and whether you have insurance.  The following are a list of resources which maybe able to assist you in your search.   FINDING A PHYSICIAN:

American Medical Association   The American Medical Association (AMA) website offers a complete list of board certified physicians in their respective fields. The doctors who have joined the AMA have committed to “expanding coverage for the uninsured and increasing access to care.” When you visit the site, you can search for your physician based on location, specialty, and you also have the option to search all physicians or, more specifically, AMA certified physicians. You can click on a physicians name to find more information, including contact information, physician website link, and accepted insurance.

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FINDING A HOSPITAL:

American Hospital Directory   Resource providing operational data, financial information, utilization statistics, and other benchmarks for acute care hospitals.

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FINDING A SPECIALIST:  When you or a family member needs health care or medical treatment, you want a highly qualified doctor dedicated to providing outstanding care. When you choose a doctor who is Board Certified  by one of the ABMS Member Boards, you can be confident he or she meets nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills to provide high quality care in a specific medical specialty. Board Certification goes above and beyond basic medical licensure. For more information regarding Board Certification see www.certificationmatters.org. The following is a list of the 24 Board Certification specialties with a link to their websites.

Allergy & Immunology  -  Establishes qualifications and examines physicians to become recognized specialists in allergy and immunology.    www.abai.org

Anesthesiology  -  Advancing the standards of practice in anesthesia for the relief of pain during and following surgical, obstetric, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.     www.theaba.org

Colon & Rectal Surgery - Established to promote the health and welfare of the American people through the development and maintenance of high standards for certification in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.  www.abcrs.org

Dermatology - A dermatologist is a physician who is trained to evaluate and manage pediatric and adult patients with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes.   www.abderm.org

Emergency Medicine  -  The board’s mission is to improve the quality of emergency medical care.    www.abem.org

Family Medicine  -  Establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Medicine.   www.theabfm.org

Internal Medicine  -  The subspecialties of Internal Medicine include: Adolescent Medicine, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical cardiac   Electrophysiology, Critical Care Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Gastroenterology, Geriatric Medicine, Hematology, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Infectious Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Medical Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonary Disease, Rheumatology, Sleep Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Transplant Hepatology.  www.abim.org

Medical Genetics  -  Representing expertise in the areas of clinical genetics, medical genetics, laboratory genetics (including clinical cytogenetics, clinical biochemical and clinical molecular genetics) and genetic counseling. www.abmg.org

Neurological Surgery - Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the nervous system   (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) and muscles.  www.abns.org

Nuclear Medicine - Nuclear medicine is the medical specialty that uses the tracer principle, most often with radiopharmaceuticals, to evaluate molecular, metabolic, physiologic and pathologic conditions of the body the purposes of diagnosis, therapy and research.  www.abnm.org

Obstetrics/Gynecology - Obstetrician-gynecologists specialize in maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology/ infertility and gynecologic oncology.  www.abog.org

Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.  An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems.  www.abop.org

Orthopaedic Surgery - Branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal  trauma. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat.   www.abos.org

Ototaryngology - Branch of medicine and surgery that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck.   www.aboto.org

Pathology - Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease through examination of organs, tissues, bodily fluids, and whole bodies (autopsies).  www.abpath.org

Pediatrics - Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents.   www.abp.org

Plastic Surgery - Plastic surgery is a medical specialty concerned with the “correction” or restoration of form and function. Though cosmetic or aesthetic surgery is the best-known kind of plastic surgery, most plastic surgery is not cosmetic;plastic surgery includes many types of reconstructive surgery, had surgery, and the treatment of burns.   www.abplsurg.org

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also referred to as physiatry, is a medical specialty concerned with diagnosis, evaluation, and management of persons of all ages with physical and/or cognitive impairment and disability.   www.abpmr.org

Preventative Medicine - Preventive Medicine is the specialty of medical practice that focuses on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Its goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease, disability, and death.   www.theabpm.org

Psychiatry & Neurology - A psychiatrist has specialized skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat problems ranging from emergencies to the long-term medical management of psychiatric disorders.    Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the nervous system   (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) and muscles.  www.abpn.com

Radiology - Radiology is a medical specialty  that employs the use of imaging to both diagnose and treat disease visualized within the human body.  www.theabr.org

Surgery - A  medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate and/or treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury, or to help improve bodily function or appearance.  www.absurgery.org

Thoracic Surgery - A thoracic surgeon is a medical doctor who performs operations on the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest.   www.abts.org

Urology - A medical specialist who focuses on the surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs.  www.abu.org

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MEDICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS IF YOU ARE UNINSURED:

Victims of Crime Resource Directory, Fresno, CA   Primarily through the hotline, Center staff provide resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers and other victim advocates.

Fresno Shriner’s Screening Clinic   (559) 251-1991 – Medical services at no cost for children under 18 years with orthopedic, spinal, and burn problems.

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service   Information for Medicare and health care insurance marketplace.

CalWIN   This website is a fast and easy way for California residents to learn about and apply for medical, food, and cash assistance programs.

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GENERAL HEALTH QUESTIONS:     The following are a list of resources which provide a information regarding various medical conditions, explaining conditions and treatment options.

American College of Surgeons Patient Education   Works to improve the quality of patient care and promote patient safety through educational efforts that recognize patients as integral members of the surgical team.

Mayo Clinic    Clinical experts who provide current medical information and news on health topics.

MedlinePlus    The National Institutes of Health’s patient-friendly website which has information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues.

Prepared Patient   Resources to help patients find good care and get the most out of it.

Web MD    Provides valuable health information, tools for managing one’s health and support to those who seek information.

U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health    Official website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library. The library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

ADA Standards    Part of the official website of the U.S. Department of Justice providing information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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ORTHOPAEDIC INJURIES:

Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves and allows you to move, work, and be active.  Orthopaedic surgeons manage special problems of the musculoskeletal system. This involves:

    • Diagnosis of your injury or disorder
    • Treatment with medication, exercise, surgery or other treatment plans
    • Rehabilitation by recommending exercises or physical therapy to restore movement, strength and function
    • Prevention with information and treatment plans to prevent injury or slow the progression of diseases

While orthopaedic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many orthopaedists specialize in certain areas, such as the foot and ankle, spine, hip or knee. They may also choose to focus on specific fields like pediatrics, trauma or sports medicine. Some orthopaedic surgeons may specialize in several areas.

For more information regarding the types of services provided by orthopaedic surgeons go to the website for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at  www.aaos.org.

For more information regarding orthopaedic injuries including illustrations and videos and explaining available treatment options try www.eorthopod.com/.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group (559) 459-6000, Ext. 55783    Meets the 4th Thursday of every month, 6-7:30 pm at Community Medical Center, Fresno & R, 6 West – Day Room.

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BRAIN INJURIES:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Every year, at least 1.7 million TBIs occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.1

A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The majority of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.  A severe brain injury is often immediately treated by a team of Brain Surgeons, Neurologists, Neuro Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapists, each with their own role in assisting a brain injured client, but in the milder cases, often general physicians and even the patients themselves fail to pursue available treatment options. The following resources can provide more information regarding traumatic brain injuries and available treatment options.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC studies and compiles statistics and information regarding a number of health care issues, and has been a strong voice leading the way to understanding the significance of as well as the prevention of mild traumatic brain injuries.  www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury

Acute Brain Injury Program   The Acute Brain Injury Program at California Pacific’s Regional Rehabilitation Center provides a coordinated, outcome-driven, integrated rehabilitation program that addresses the complicated needs of adults with acquired brain injuries.

Brain Injury Association of California    The Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL) is a non-profit membership organization providing information, resources, education, advocacy and support for those affected by brain injury.

Brain Injury Resource Center    We are a multidisciplinary team trained in traumatic brain injury. Consultants include: individuals with TBI, family members, learning specialists, nurses, paraprofessionals, lawyers, neuropsychologists, and physicians specializing in emergency medicine, and neurology.

Brain Source    Information about the development and functionality of the human brain, and how such knowledge might be applied in education, mental and physical health, and social and political policy.

The Center for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury     An online resource for those needing detailed information and support in regards to outcome measures for brain injuries.

TBI Survival Guide   The goal of this guide is to better prepare the head injured person and family for the long road ahead.

Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Guide    A guide to post-acute medical treatment, therapeutic rehabilitation and disease management services with specially-trained staff for individuals recovering from acquired brain injury.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Survivors Resource    A resource for brain and spinal cord injury survivors and their families to learn more information about medical conditions, rehabilitation, and legal options.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke    Guides research on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke, and supports basic research in related scientific areas.

Fresno Brain Injury Support Network    (559) 459-2773 – Group for brain injury survivors and family members. Meets 4th Tuesday, 6-8 pm at Sierra Community Health Center, Auditorium A, 1925 Dakota Avenue, Fresno.

Leon S. Peters Rehabilitation Center      (559) 459-2789 – Provides services to individuals with diminished cognitive, sensory, motor and functional abilities.

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HOSPICE AND GRIEF COUNSELING:

Optimal Hospice Care     Serving Bakersfield, Fresno, Lake Isabella, Long Beach, Modesto, Santa Clara, Stockton and Visalia   (559) 320-4000

Hinds Hospice    Providing comfort care and support that adds quality of life to the natural end-of-life journey. Serving Fresno and Madera

Compassionate Friends     Fresno County Chapter    (559) 497-5284 – A self-help support group offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and family members. Meets at St. James Episcopal Church, Fireside Room, 4147 E. Dakota Avenue, the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm.

Footsteps at St. Agnes    (559) 449-5600 – Support groups for children and teens who have suffered a significant loss or change in their lives.

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GOVERNMENT HEALTH AGENCIES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality     The lead federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to protect public health and safety by providing information to enhance health decisions

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services     The federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

National Institutes of Health     The nation’s medical research agency that  makes important discoveries to improve health and save lives and is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world.

National Safety Council     Saves lives by preventing injuries and  deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services   The federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration     Responsible for protecting the public’s health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation.

U.S. National Library of Medicine     The world’s largest medical library that collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

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CONSUMER GROUPS:

AARP   Leads positive social change and delivers value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.

Center for Science in the Public Interest  Advocates for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy and sound science.

Consumers Union   An independent, non-profit testing and information organization serving only consumers; publishers of Consumer Reports.

Families USA   Educates and mobilizes consumers on health care issues.

National Council on the Aging    National voice for older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and the community organizations that serve them.

National Partnership for Women & Families   Promotes fairness in the workplace, quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

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FOR THE CARE GIVERS:     Injuries affect not only the victim, but also those who love and support them.  The following resources are designed to assist the care givers.

Caregiver Survival Resources     Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers.

Home Instead Sr. Care      (559) 243-1224. Extraordinary in-home senior care and companionship.

California Respite Locator Services    CA Respite Programs

Care.com   Find local babysitters, nannies, child care and senior home caregivers near you.

National Respite Locator   The National Respite Locator Service helps find respite services in their state and location.

Family Caregiver Alliance    Family Caregiver Alliance serves as a public voice for caregivers.

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RESOURCES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:

Americans With Disabilities    The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.

How to File a Disability Insurance Claim   California State Disability Insurance (SDI) is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for California workers.

How to File a Social Security Disability Claim    You can start your disability application immediately online. There is no need to wait for an appointment.

California, State Department of Rehabilitation   Provides the developmentally disabled with an opportunity to help themselves to become employed and self-supporting. Vocational Rehabilitation furnishes job-related services through medical diagnosis, vocational assessment and counseling, training programs, and job placement. Information is provided on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Leon S. Peters Rehabilitation Center     (559) 459-2789 – Provides services to individuals with diminished cognitive, sensory, motor and functional abilities.

YMCA-SNAP    (559) 233-5737 – Provides physical coordination, adaptation and development services for citizens of all ages with physical disabilities. Helps build strong kids, families, and communities.

Abledata   Assistive technology for people with disabilities to maximize independence.

The Arc   For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The ArcLink on this site has numerous web sites of interest listed.

Disability Secrets     A detailed overview of how the social security administration’s disability programs work, and answers to common questions.

California Department of Social Services     California Department of Social Services is to serve, aid, and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES (ALPHABETICAL BY CITY): CLOVIS

California, State Department of Rehabilitation     Clovis Office Branch   (559) 230-3199 – Provides the developmentally disabled with an opportunity to help themselves to become employed and self-supporting. Vocational Rehabilitation furnishes job-related services through medical diagnosis, vocational assessment and counseling, training programs, and job placement. Information is provided on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Central Valley Indian Health   (559) 229-2608 – Comprehensive health care for Native Americans. 20 N. DeWitt Avenue, Clovis, 93612.

Clovis Transit Service    (559) 324-2760

Stageline   (559) 324-2770

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COALINGA

West Hills Community College (Coalinga)– Disabled Students Program & Services    (800)266-1114, Ext. 3225   Students with disabilities receive supportive counseling and services to assist in the successful completion of college curriculum.

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FRESNO

Adult Protective Services Hotline (24 hrs)    (559) 255-3383

American Foundation for the Blind      (800) 232-5463 (toll-free) – Provides information and referral relating to vision loss. Develops and facilitates programs and projects to address unmet needs of persons with visual impairment.

Arthritis Association of Central San Joaquin Valley     (559) 224-3796 – Support group to share experiences and hope of other people with any of the arthritic diseases. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month,12:30 pm-2:00 pm at St. Agnes Administration Center, 1111 Spruce Ave, Fresno.

Blind Babies Foundation    (559) 353-6420 – Provides services to families of blind infants and toddlers who require early developmental support and training in order to reach their full potential.

Braille Library – Hoover High School –  (559) 451-4038 – Provides braille, large print texts, and recorded materials. Will lend materials to persons who are not enrolled in FUSD.

Brain Injury Support Network    (559) 459-2773 – Group for brain injury survivors and family members. Meets 4th Tuesday, 6-8 pm at Sierra Community Health Center, Auditorium A, 1925 Dakota Avenue, Fresno.

California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc.    (559) 255-4531 – Provides occupational therapy services to children with disabilities from birth to 21 years of age. Services are provided free of charge to children in their own homes when no other appropriate therapy services are available. A written prescription from a physician is required for occupational therapy services.

California State University, Fresno – Services for Students with Disabilities     (559) 278-2811 – Supports the academic needs of students with physical, learning, or psychological disabilities.

Care Line   (559) 255-8320 – Reporting cases of child abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Child Protective Services.

Catholic Charities     (559) 237-0851 – Catholic Charities is a non-profit social service agency serving the needs of the poor and disadvantaged in the following counties; Fresno, Merced, Kern.

CCAIR    (559) 600-6700 – Children’s Crisis Services (Child Psychiatric ER) Provides 24-hour inpatient hospitalization for children & youth with severe mental illness.

Child Protective Services Hotline   (559) 255-3320

Center for Independent Living     Voice line (559) 221-2330, TTY (559) 221-2342 – Helps people with disabilities meet their social, financial, housing and employment needs. Offers support groups and advocacy. 3008 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, Ca. 93703.

Central California Legal Services    (559) 570-1200 – Seeks justice for low-income community by protecting the rights and opportunities of clients through education, litigation, and advocacy.

Central Valley Suicide Hotline     (888) 506-5991

Centro La Familia     (559) 237-8530 – Offers individual and family counseling, parenting classes, homemaker services, anger management classes and support groups offered in Spanish. Respite care available.

Children’s Services Network     (559) 456-1100 – Child care resource and referral.

Community Behavioral Health Center (CBHC-PHF)    (559) 453-5199 – Provides up to several weeks inpatient hospitalization for adults.

Compassionate Friends – Fresno County Chapter     (559) 497-5284 – A self-help support group offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and family members. Meets at St. James Episcopal Church, Fireside Room, 4147 E. Dakota Avenue, the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm.

Comprehensive Youth Services      (559) 229-3561 – Child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment.

Crisis Line for the Handicapped     (800) 426-4263 – A 24-hour hotline with volunteers for peer counseling, information and referral, and one time only emergency. Professional counseling by telephone provided on an emergency basis.

EMQ Families First    (559) 446-3012 – EMQ is one of the largest, most comprehensive mental health treatment programs in the country.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc    (559) 225-3323 – Advocacy, alcohol and drug abuse prevention services, bookstore, community education and outreach, counseling and personal development, employment, interpreting, and independent living assistance for deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing people. Also provides specialized communication equipment via the California Telephone Access Program.

Easter Seals – Medical Equipment Loan Program    (559) 264-7113 – Loans equipment to people unable to get their insurance companies to buy the equipment or have to wait for paperwork to be processed. A doctor’s prescription for the equipment is required.

EXODUS    (559) 512-8335 – Crisis Stabilization Center (Adult Psychiatric ER) – Provides 24-hour inpatient hospitalization services for adults with severe mental illness.    4411 E. Kings Canyon Road, Fresno, CA 93702

Father Hannibal House    (559) 875-0564 – Provides emergency food supplies, utility and rental/mortgage assistance, meal vouchers, and other emergency and poverty-relieving services.

Footsteps at St. Agnes    (559) 449-5600 – Support groups for children and teens who have suffered a significant loss or change in their lives.

Fresno City College, Disabled Student Services    (559) 638-0332 – Assists students with a verified disability and/or diagnosed learning disabilities. Provides counseling and a full range of support services to enable the student to successfully complete an academic or vocational program.

Fresno County – Adult Protective Services    (559) 255-3383 – 24-Hour Hotline – Investigations of reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation for dependent adults and the elderly.

Fresno County Adult Services – In Home Supportive Services    (559) 453-6666 – In home supportive services for older persons and disabled people unable to independently attend to their personal routines of daily living.

Fresno County Children’s Services (559) 600-8918 – Assessment & appointments

Fresno County Public Guardian     (559) 268-0139 – Investigates and administers persons and estates of mentally and physically disabled persons or elderly suffering from dementia for whom no family or friends are willing or capable of assuming responsibility as determined by the Superior Court.

Fresno New Connections (559) 248-1548 – Provides free assessments, information and referrals, outpatient treatment, monitoring, and drug testing. For clients 21 or younger struggling with chemical dependency or drug abuse issues. Medi-Cal will pay for all services. Identify if you have a client with dual diagnosis as they provide groups for these individuals.

Fresno Shriner’s Screening Clinic    (559) 251-1991 – Medical services at no cost for children under 18 years with orthopedic, spinal, and burn problems.

Home Instead Sr. Care     (559) 243-1224. Extraordinary in-home senior care and companionship.

Lao Family Community Center of Fresno      (559) 453-9775 – Works to strengthen Southeast Asian families by defining family values and systems, providing employment services, counseling, citizenship preparation, elder services, and referrals for appropriate services.

Leon S. Peters Rehabilitation Center     (559) 459-2789 – Provides services to individuals with diminished cognitive, sensory, motor and functional abilities.

NAMI Fresno)    (559) 224-2469 – Education, support groups and advocacy.

Older Adult Team (age 55 & older)    (559) 600-5755

Patients’ Rights Advocate-Fresno   (559) 253-2238

Protection & Advocacy       (800) 776-5746 – Provides a variety of advocacy services for Californians with disabilities and their families (legal rights, advocacy, representation, and referrals).

Transitional Age Youth (TAY ages 16-24)   (559) 226-0167 – By Turning Point – This is an outpatient mental health program serving consumers between the ages of 16 and 24 years.

S.O.S.   (559) 226-0167 – Survivors of suicide loss. For families and loved ones providing education and support.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group    (559) 459-6000, Ext. 55783 – Meets the 4th Thursday of every month, 6-7:30 pm at Community Medical Center, Fresno & R, 6 West – Day Room.

The Sanctuary (Teen Shelter)    (559) 498-8543 – The Sanctuary Youth Shelter operates a 24-hour emergency shelter for runaway, homeless, exploited or otherwise displaced youth.

Substance Abuse Services     (559) 600-6087

United Hmong Foundation     (559) 252-5566 – Offers advocacy for Hmong individuals and families. Director: Steve Her

YMCA-SNAP    (559) 233-5737 – Provides physical coordination, adaptation and development services for citizens of all ages with physical disabilities. Helps build strong kids, families, and communities.

YMCA-Teen Connection       (559) 226-0388 – Year-round care for special needs teens before and after school hours. Saturday respite care also available. Offers outdoor recreation and games, indoor board games and activities, cooking and science projects, arts & crafts, music & movement, literature and drama.

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HANFORD

Family Resource Center (Hanford)     (559) 584-1551 – Support groups for special needs children.

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MADERA

Children’s Hospital Central California     Children’s Hospital Central California provides high quality, comprehensive healthcare services to children, regardless of their ability to pay, and to continuously improve the health and well-being of children. Follow link to see all services available.

Madera County Healthy Start      (559) 674-0915 – Gould Educational Center

Madera County, Family Resource Guide       A comprehensive resource guide for all of Madera county.

Madera Dial-A-Ride      (559) 661-7435    Public transportation routes and schedules.

Ronald McDonald House      (559) 447-6770   For families with chronically ill or terminally ill children. (Madera)

California, State Department of Rehabilitation    (209) 726-6529 -Provides the developmentally disabled with an opportunity to help themselves to become employed and self-supporting. Vocational Rehabilitation furnishes job-related services through medical diagnosis, vocational assessment and counseling, training programs, and job placement. Information is provided on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  www.cahwnet.gov

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PORTERVILLE

Porterville Community College, Disabled Student Services       (559) 791-2281 – Program emphasizes vocational education and helping disabled students acquire the necessary training to compete in the job market. Adaptive physical education program.

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REEDLEY

Reedley Community College, Disabled Student Services        (559) 638-0332 – Assists students with a verified disability and/or diagnosed learning disabilities. Provides counseling and a full range of support services to enable the student to successfully complete an academic or vocational program.

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VISALIA

California, State Department of Rehabilitation      (559) 735-3838 -Provides the developmentally disabled with an opportunity to help themselves to become employed and self-supporting. Vocational Rehabilitation furnishes job-related services through medical diagnosis, vocational assessment and counseling, training programs, and job placement. Information is provided on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

College of the Sequoias, Disabled Student Services (Visalia)       (559) 730-3805 – Services for students with physical disabilities, acquired brain injury, communication, learning, and psychological limitations.

Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency      Our programs include traditional categories of County service delivery, such as public health, welfare, environmental health, child protective services, and mental health. Programs for veterans, those on conservatorship, and for the aging population also fall under our umbrella.

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7045 N. Fruit Ave., Fresno, CA 93711
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