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Open House at the Family Resource Center!

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. If you don’t frequent the Hathaway-Sycamores Family Resource Center, home of our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), you probably don’t know that they have been diligently restoring the historic main building on the property for over a year. Well, the […]

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Not All Advocacy is Adversarial

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. The other day, through our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), I had the pleasure of speaking to a landlord. Now, most attorneys who represent tenants do not enjoy speaking to landlords, and usually, I fall in that category. But […]

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Resources and Outcomes: An Inverse Relationship?

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Most of us in legal services, and in all professions, want to believe that our time is well spent. In particular, we hope that there is a direct correlation between the amount of time and resources we invest […]

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New Year, New Opportunities for Immigrant Families

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. First off, happy new year to our MHAS blog readers and supporters! Thank you for all you do to help us provide free legal services to low-income people with mental health needs and their families. We look forward […]

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Prevention as Victory

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. We often think of a legal victory as something affirmative. We’ve secured income for a low-income person too disabled to work. We’ve obtained new special education services for a child. Yet in our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), some victories […]

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Skadden Fellowship Supports Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. More good news to report: The model of behavioral health-legal partnership is expanding! Here’s how: The Skadden Fellowship is among the most prestigious public interest legal fellowships in the nation. It annually selects fewer than 30 recent law […]

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Rethinking Our Thanks

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to be grateful for all we have. But giving thanks also can be a way of separating ourselves from one another. “I’m so thankful I have a home,” we might think, “when others […]

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Loyola University Chicago Public Interest Law Journal: BeHeLP and the Benefits of Working Together

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Every day in our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), I am reminded how poverty lawyers and therapists for low-income children are natural partners. In sessions with children and caregivers, therapists hear about the problems at home that are driving stress and creating […...

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An Eventful October

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP.   It was an eventful October. First, there was the MHAS Annual Celebration. This was a time for us to honor contributions to the mental health community made by District Attorney Jackie Lacey, author Ido Kedar, and our own board members […]

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Medical Debt and its Emotional Aftermath

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Today, I finally cleared the remaining medical debt of a client in our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP) project. This low-income mother had suffered a health crisis years ago, and despite the fact that she had health insurance at […]

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Talking About Labels

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Recently, in our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), I met with the mother of a child with a speech impediment that had led to bullying. This mother explained that she was interested in requesting Speech and Language services for […]

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Guest Post by Ian Magladry: Equal Housing For All

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. It’s time for another guest post from an MHAS staff member. This time, I bring you my colleague Ian Magladry, who has achieved meaningful victories for many clients in his time at MHAS. He is moving on to continue […]

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BeHeLP is Back to School

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Labor Day is over, the summer is behind us, and most children are back in school. As the attorney in our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), this means an increase in the number of children and families seeking assistance […]

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