Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Protection and Advocacy Division

 Kentucky Protection & Advocacy, a Division within DPA, protects and promotes the right of Kentuckians with disabilities through information and referral, and legal individual and systemic advocacy and education.
The Protection and Advocacy (P & A) concept was initially triggered by a series of local television news broadcasts, which Geraldo Rivera did for the ABC News affiliate in New York City. Rivera's investigative reporting exposed horrific conditions, abuse, neglect and lack of programming at Willowbrook, a state institution for people with mental retardation on Staten Island in New York. These broadcasts prompted the state’s senior senator to take action, incorporating P&A Systems in the renewal of the federal developmental disabilities legislation enacted in 1975; otherwise known as the DD Act.
P & A operates seven federal grant programs;

PADD—Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
PAIM—Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness
PAIR—Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights
PAAT—Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
PABSS—Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
PATBI—Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries
PAVA—Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access

You may reach P & A at 1-502-564-2967 or 1-800-372-2988 and we invite you to visit our website at  

Protection & Advocacy Home Page external .gov domain

Press Release--Supreme Court upholds authority of Protection & Advocacy system 


Last Updated 6/26/2015