We have posted a position for staff counsel in Boston.
Staff Counsel, Mental Health Litigation Division Administration:
The Staff Counsel assists the Trial Panel Director with overseeing the work and training of the Division’s private panel attorneys so that clients receive zealous representation. The Staff Counsel also participates in, and helps develop the Division’s training, certification, and recertification programs. The Staff Counsel reports directly to the Trial Panel Director of the Mental Health Litigation Division.
This opportunity may be found on our online job tracking system.
Please consider applying and let me know if you have questions.
Mark Larsen, Director
Concentrated poverty is on the rise, and an increasing number of children are at risk for exposure to severe violence and dangerous living conditions. What are the implications of trauma exposure for healthy brain development?
During this panel event, Dr. Kerry Ressler (of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will discuss the risks poor, urban environments pose for post-traumatic stress disorder, while Dr. Charles A. Nelson (of Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital) will discuss the effects of “toxic stress” on early childhood development. Carey Goldberg of WBUR’s CommonHealth will facilitate the conversation and host the Q&A session with the audience.
This event is free and open to the public. It will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, from 7:00-8:30 pm. A brief reception will precede the event from 6:30-7:00 PM. Click here to register.
- Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater – 75 Francis Street 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115 –
Mental Health Litigation Division Panel Members – Yahoo Group Membership:
Membership in the Mental Health Litigation Division Discussion Yahoo Group is a requirement for all attorneys on the MHLD Panel.
If you are not a member of the Yahoo group, you should join now. You will need a Yahoo account.
Some of you should have received an invitation to join this group if you are not currently a member. Please respond and complete the registration process as soon as possible.
Make sure you include an identifiable display name when you join or edit your membership.
Requests for appointment of appellate counsel in civil commitment, guardianship and substituted judgment cases should be sent to MHAppeals@publiccounsel.net and must include the following:
1. Notice of Appeal
2. Appeal Intake Form
3. Supporting documentation such as the order, motions and objections
Questions should be addressed to MHAppeals@publiccounsel.net.
The UMASS Systems & Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) announced a new webinar series this week. Starting October 14 they will offer seminars on a variety of topics including:
- supports for transition-aged youth
- innovations in integrated care
- risk assessment
- mental health screening
- co-occurring disorders
The Department of Mental Health has filed regulations for public comment implementing the “Reasonable Daily Access to Fresh Air” Act of 2014. This act added access to fresh air to the list of rights of individuals hospitalized in psychiatric facilities operated, contracted or licensed by DMH.
The hearing on the proposed regulations will take place on September 15, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the DMH Central Office, 25 Staniford St., Boston, MA 02114. Click here for directions.
MHLD panel members are required to complete a day-long training on representing respondents in guardianship cases during the FY 16, which runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This will also satisfy the requirement that panelists complete 8 hours of CLE.The MHLD will offer regional trainings at locations statewide.
The first two trainings, which will take place in Springfield and Worcester.
Mark your calendars:
Friday, November 13, 2015 at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield.
at the Worcester Registry of Deeds in Worcester.
Thanks to everyone who has completed the re-registration process. For those who have not, please keep in mind that the deadline is August 15, 2015. The forms are available in pdf.
Email the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive an auto-reply confirming that it has been received.
The National Empowerment Center has announced several peer-related online seminars. They are all free and cover subjects from re-entry to suicide prevention. More information is available here.
To register click here.