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Patientsâ€™ Rights Supervising Attorney The candidate will be responsible for representation of patients in locked psychiatric facilities; receiving, investigating, and resolving complaints from or concerning recipients of mental health services; monitoring mental health facilities, services, and programs for compliance with statutory and regulatory patientsâ€™ rights provisions; providing technical assistance and training about patientsâ€™ rights to mental health providers, law enforcement, mental health consumers, and community members; and community outreach activities. Will supervise the work of the Patientsâ€™ Rights Unit. The Supervising Attorney may also assist in the management and administration of the intake and economic rights units. The Supervising Attorney will also represent clients in certification and capacity hearings on a regular basis. The Supervising Attorney will work with the Directing Attorney to maintain and grow funding resources, and manage administrative aspects of the program. The Supervising Attorney will work closely with the Law Foundation management team to support the goals and operations of the organization. Supervise staff and casework; Develop, oversee, and administer projects within the Patientsâ€™ Rights Unit; Hire, train, and support the professional development of staff; Track policy and legal developments in the area of patientsâ€™ rights law, disability rights, and other substantive legal issues affecting program clients; Lead external policy initiatives; Represent clients in locked psychiatric facilities in due process hearings and capacity hearings; Project manage and oversee activities related to the monitoring and investigation of mental health facilities for legal violations. Such violations include: improper and excessive use of seclusion, restraint, and forced medication; improper denials of patientsâ€™ statutory rights; and failure to comply with due process requirements for involuntary detention; Oversee and participate in trainings, education, and outreach to community about mental health patientsâ€™ rights and legal issues confronted by people living with mental health or developmental disabilities; Public relations with government contractors and the community. Assist with supervision of intake; Represent MHAP at community and coalition meetings and events that concern or impact MHAP clients; Support Law Foundation initiatives, including consumer involvement and race equity; Participate in fundraising activities, including events and grant writing. Must have 5+ years of experience in public interest law or advocacy services. Patientsâ€™ rights advocacy or other closely related experience, such as disability rights or healthcare advocacy, preferred. Experience in project management and grant and report writing is essential. California Bar Membership or ability to practice law in California is essential.
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