Position Responsibilities include:
- Assumes responsibility for the program in the absence of the Managing Legal Director.
- Responsible for direct supervision, evaluation and training of designated Staff Attorneys according to organizational chart with support of Managing Legal Director.
- Responsible for leading Team Meetings with specified staff and completing file reviews.
- Assists with trainings as requested.
- Works with Managing Legal Director as part of management team.
- Benefits Advocacy:
- Assessment: Performs individual assessment of needs related to health insurance and income benefits. Helps identify and assist in breaking barriers to benefit entitlements, including accessing medical care, treatments and psychiatric and/or psychological evaluations. Works with client within a harm reduction approach.
- Benefits Advocacy: Assists clients to apply for public and private benefits, as well as handles other health insurance and income benefits related issues. Follows claim throughout the process, negotiating with SSA and Disability Analysts as needed. Files appropriate paperwork and develops/obtains supporting medical evidence.
- Hearings: Prepares cases for appeal before Administrative Law Judges; files documents for appeals process; develops/obtains supporting medical evidence including outside evaluations; performs legal research as needed; writes pre- and post-hearings legal briefs; prepares clients for testimony; prepares questions for cross-examination of expert witnesses.
- File Management: Creates and maintains confidential client files detailing documents and policies reviewed, correspondence prepared on behalf of the client and case progress. Updates database. Provides monthly statistical reports to management.
· Active member of the CA State Bar.
· Advanced skills in one-on-one benefits advocacy and representation.
· Demonstrated ability in management, supervision and training.
- Familiarity with HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, and state and federal laws regarding disability benefits.
- Ability to be sensitive to and work well with low-income individuals, people with psychiatric disabilities, people with HIV/AIDS, people of color, active drug users, people with a history of homelessness or incarceration, sexual minorities and gender minorities.
- Ability to work effectively with service providers.
- Expertise in the legal application of harm reduction theory.
· Bilingual and bicultural (Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese or Russian) highly desirable