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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
ProfileClients’ Rights Advocate Duties: Provide clients’ rights advocacy services to persons with developmental disabilities who are consumers of regional centers and to individuals who reside in the state developmental centers and hospitals, including ensuring the rights of persons with developmental disabilities and assisting persons with developmental disabilities in pursuing administrative and legal remedies. Investigate and take action as appropriate and necessary to resolve complaints from, or concerning persons with, developmental disabilities residing in licensed health and community care facilities regarding abuse, unreasonable denial, or punitive withholding, of rights guaranteed under this division. Provide consultation, technical assistance, supervision and training, and support services for clients’ rights advocates that were previously the responsibility of the Office of Human Rights. Coordinate the provision of clients’ rights services in consultation, stakeholder organizations, and persons with developmental disabilities and their families representing California’s multi-cultural diversity. Provide at least two self-advocacy training sessions per year for consumers and family members. Ensures that the rights of people with developmental disabilities as provided in law and regulation are enforced. laws and regulations found in Welfare and Institutions Code and California Code of Regulations. Assists in identifying and developing contacts with individuals, agencies, and other stakeholders in the developmental disabilities service system with expertise about community living options for people who live in institutions. Assists in identifying and developing contacts with individuals, agencies, and other stakeholders in the developmental disabilities service system involved in the civil commitment of people with developmental disabilities. Provides information and training to assist residential and health providers in understanding their Title 17 responsibilities regarding posting and notification of rights. Advises the Regional Center Executive Director on the development and implementation of the Center’s clients’ rights assurance program pursuant to Title 17. Investigates and facilitates resolution of all complaints of violation, withholding or denial of rights made by or on behalf of clients. Prepares reports on findings and makes recommendations for resolution to appropriate parties. Directly assists and/or represents clients/families or provides technical advice to client representatives in administrative actions relating to eligibility for and provision of services from public benefit programs (e.g. Social Security, Special Education, Regional Center, Dept. of Social Services, County Mental Health, and the State Department of Rehabilitation.) Directly assists clients or provides technical advice to client representatives in superior court actions relating to the civil commitment of people with developmental disabilities. Monitor statewide status of clients DCs and IMDs to identify trends, compliance issues and systemic problems. Consult with OCRA staff on their cases involving DC and IMD clients or efforts to prevent moving to institutions. Provides referrals on a rotating basis to legal agencies and/or attorneys who can assist consumers and family members in enforcing their legal rights that have been violated. Develops and conducts outreach, education, and training for regional center clients and their families, community groups and others in clients’ rights advocacy. Aids in the development and implementation of regional center policies and procedures related to client rights to ensure compliance with federal and state laws. Responsible for the oversight of the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate. Carries out other such duties as may from time to time be required.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: Education and/or experience equivalent to a four-year college degree. To be hired as a CRA III, must be a member of the CA State Bar. 2+ years' of paid or voluntary working experience as an advocate within a social, human service, government, legal or health care environment. Knowledge of the legal, civil and service rights of persons with developmental disabilities in California. Ability to read, write, and speak fluently and communicate effectively in English, including a working knowledge of correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure. Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions. Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities. Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons from multi-ethnic communities. DESIRED: Bilingual in English and Spanish, an Asian language, or another language used by an underrepresented group (highly desired). Membership in the California Bar. 3+ years advocating for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities. Experience in program administration. Knowledge of resources throughout the state which are potentially available to individuals with developmental disabilities. Alternate dispute resolution training and practice. 1+ years supervision within a work or volunteer setting. Contacts with disability organizations and/or within disability communities. Contacts with multi-ethnic organizations and/or within multi-ethnic communities. Experience providing training on various topics to a diverse range of people. Word processing and PC experience.
The department contract will expire June 30, 2021.
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