Client Focus: Roger

Roger Thompson is a 56-year-old man with an intellectual disability, a personality disorder, and a speech impediment. When he first reached out to Legal Council, Roger was homeless and barely coherent. But after receiving assistance from Legal Council, Roger now has a bright and optimistic future ahead of him.

Roger experienced a lot of pain and tragedy due to his mental disorders and had fallen through the cracks when it came to receiving the care he needed.  When Legal Council took Roger’s case, he was not able to explain that he had a pending social security claim, but was able to explain that he lost his benefits. After meeting Roger, Legal Council arranged for a neuropsychological evaluation to determine Roger’s IQ level, discovering that it was far below standard, making him eligible to receive social security benefits. Legal Council gathered collaborative information from people who knew Roger by making regular appointments with him in his community.  Using the compiled information, Legal Council created a legal argument for Roger’s mental disability with Social Security.

Soon enough,  Roger’s social security was approved with the help of Legal Council. Roger began receiving monthly social security checks that allowed him to afford housing. Today, Roger has a more permanent home where he has people to do his laundry and to help him eat regular meals. Legal Council still meets with Roger on a monthly basis to help him with his Medicaid, which he had lost at the time of his hearing.

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