University Legal Services (DC) One-year position available

May 20, 2013

University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Program, has available a one-year position to work on a research project to analyze systemic barriers to connecting youth leaving psychiatric hospitalization to post-discharge community-based mental health services.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

 Survey Medicaid promising practices and research literature to identify practices that successfully link children leaving acute psychiatric care to community-based mental health services;

 Survey policies and practices of other jurisdictions to identify promising approaches, and meet with advocates, government officials and providers from other jurisdictions to learn about the discharge linkage process;

 Conduct regular stakeholders’ meetings of community providers, families of children with emotional disturbances or mood disorders, advocates, and hospitals to gather information regarding barriers to linkages to community based services upon discharge from psychiatric hospitalization;

 Conduct interviews with key stakeholders;

 Synthesize all findings from research, stakeholder meetings, and interviews to create a report suggesting of revisions to District laws, policies, and practices, to maximize utilization of post-discharge services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbance and/or a mood disorder.

Qualifications Required:

 A J.D. from an accredited school of law;

 Demonstrated effective written and oral communication, research, and creative problem solving skills;

 Willingness and ability to travel to all areas of the District of Columbia, and to work evenings and weekends when necessary;

 The ability to work collaboratively and creatively with other attorneys, non-lawyer advocates, and community organizations;

 Excellent organizational and time management skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently. 

Qualifications Preferred:

 Master’s in Public Policy or equivalent degree;

 Familiarity with the District of Columbia, including local government agencies, public interest organizations and community resources;

 Familiarity with health care system structure, particularly Medicaid and Managed Care Organizations;

 Demonstrated commitment to increasing access to culturally and linguistically competent, family-driven, and youth-guided mental health services and supports;

 Proficiency in Spanish, Amharic, Vietnamese or American Sign Language.

To Apply:  Email statement of interest, resume, references, and writing sample to Jennifer Lav, Managing Attorney,


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