Naomi Sultan to Receive 2015 Skadden Fellowship

Congratulations to Naomi Sultan, Loyola Law School '15 JD candidate, who will receive a two-year Skadden Fellowship starting in Fall 2015 to launch a new project at Mental Health Advocacy Services to provide legal assistance to military veterans and their families.  In the projectís first phase, Ms.  Sultan will create a behavioral health-legal partnership with Operation Healthy Homecoming, a program of Mental Health America of Los Angeles.  The project will provide free legal services to veterans with disabilities who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have unresolved legal problems including issues related to benefits and services, discharge upgrades, housing discrimination and consumer debt. By providing holistic on-site legal services to veterans and their families, in coordination with Operation Healthy Homecoming, Ms. Sultanís goal is to help veterans maximize the efficacy of their mental health treatment and ultimately achieve stable home and work lives. Over time, Ms. Sultan plans to expand the project to assist veterans and their families in other areas of Los Angeles County.

Ms. Sultan is one of 28 recipients of the 2015 Skadden Fellowships.  View the full list of fellows here.


Presentations of MHAS' 2014 Advocates Awards to the
Honorable Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney,
and Ido Kedar, author of "Ido in Autismland.
"  (photos: Jonathan Vickburg)

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Fact sheet: California Mental Health Parity Act: A Way to Expand Mental Health Services for Children and Youth

Fact sheet: The Mental Health Parity Mandate Applies to Non-Quantitative As Well As Quantitative Limits in Health Insurance Coverage

Fact sheet: Mental Health Parity under California and Federal Laws, by Disability Rights California.

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In 2013 MHAS launched "BeHeLP," an innovative new Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership. In collaboration with Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow Eliza Schafler provides holistic legal services to low-income and immigrant families who have children with mental illness. MHAS is proud to join the growing medical-legal partnership movement and show that legal care is a crucial tool for mental health recovery.


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Judge Orders Mental Disability Screenings for Immigrants Held by U.S. Without Attorneys

To ensure that the rights of immigrants with mental disabilities are honored, a federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to implement a comprehensive system for identifying and protecting individuals with serious mental disorders in immigration detention centers in California, Arizona and Washington. Read more about Franco v. Holder.

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Learn about Educationally-Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS). Your child's right to mental health services has not changed. ERMHS are mandated by federal law. Read more here.

Court Ruling in Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder

Judge orders immigration courts in three states to provide counsel for immigrants with serious mental disabilities in immigration proceedings.  Read the court order here.

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Restorative Justice Report
February 2014

After six months of implementation, the Restorative Justice programs at three schools have made great progress in improving school climate, building community, and reducing suspensions and discipline incidents. Tanya Franklin, Education Law Public Service Fellow at MHAS, reviews these programs and offers recommendations in this Mid-Year Report, entitled "Restorative Justice in Three Partnership Schools: Transforming School Culture and Discipline through Respect, Relationships, and Responsibility." The report describes the program's goals, activities, and best practices, as well as suggests key principles and considerations for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District.  

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Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS)

MHAS assists approximately 3,000 children and adults annually, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental disabilities.

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Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.
3255 Wilshire Blvd. #902
Los Angeles, California 90010
Phone (213) 389-2077