DRM’s Legal Programs
DRM creates an integrated and just society by advancing the legal rights of people with disabilities. Our scope of work reflects the disability community’s advocacy priorities, funding restrictions, and strategic efforts to maximize our impact within resource limits. Learn more about DRM’s advocacy programs.
DRM provides information, advice, training, and limited legal assistance on matters related to eligibility and rider rights to individuals with disabilities who need access to Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Mobility paratransit services because they cannot use the bus, light rail or subway system. We are also involved in a lawsuit challenging certification and other MTA practices, with the goal of obtaining improvements for riders.
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When police are called to respond to individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis, the situation too often escalates and can produce tragic results. Police training will only go so far – when possible, mental health workers and peers skilled at engaging individuals in crisis and de-escalating situations must instead be deployed.
DRM is advocating for a comprehensive crisis response system as an alternative to incarceration.