Job Title Environmental Attorney in Santa Monica, CA
Company Mental Health Advocacy Project
Job Profile. Staff Attorney, Patients' Rights Advocacy Unit
The candidate will be responsible for providing legal representation to individuals who are consumers in the mental health system in Santa Clara County, including: 1) representing patients in locked psychiatric facilities at administrative hearings to determine probable cause for continued hospitalization or to determine capacity to give informed consent for psychiatric medications; 2) receiving, investigating, and resolving complaints from or concerning recipients of mental health services regarding abuse, neglect and unreasonable or punitive withholding of rights; 3) monitoring mental health facilities, services and programs for compliance with statutory and regulatory patients' rights provisions, and recommending and enforcing changes in facility policies and procedures consistent with the law; 4) providing technical assistance and training about patients' rights to mental health providers and consumers, as well as community members; and various outreach activities. Provide advocacy and representation to people with complaints about mental health services; represent clients in locked psychiatric facilities in due process hearings and capacity hearings; monitor and investigate mental health facilities for legal violations; address system reform needs of the organization's clients through impact projects; conduct outreach and community education presentations; respond to requests for technical assistance from non-profits, providers, and family members; participate in the organization's intake, information and referral services; attend community meetings and events that concern or impact the organization's clients; work in collaboration with supervisory and other program staff.