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Facts of Homelessness

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. I have written previously about the importance of using eviction defense and other legal services to prevent homelessness before it starts. I have also mentioned the disastrous potential mental health consequences that homelessness can cause. Today, I want to […]

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Feeling Patriotic This Fourth of July

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. This Fourth of July, we at MHAS are feeling especially patriotic, thanks to decisions from the Supreme Court that positively impact the communities we serve. First, there is health care. Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a portion […]

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Bringing Legal Help to Lancaster

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Yesterday was an important day: We gathered our summer law clerks and staff, drove through the desert, and launched our first MHAS legal clinic in the Antelope Valley city of Lancaster. The clinic was held at the Lancaster Office of […]

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Grandparent Caregivers and Planning for the Future

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Lately, in our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), I have seen a number of cases involving grandparent caregivers. These caregivers come to me not with emergencies, but with long-term questions about how to plan for their grandchildren’s futures. For […]

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Regional Centers and Mental Illness

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. The focus of our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP) is, of course, supporting children and youth with mental illness. That’s why we are partnering with Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a highly respected children’s mental health provider in Los […]

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The Invisible Parent-Child Connection

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. When I tell people about our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), there are sometimes skeptics who wonder, “How do your legal services directly affect children?” Or, more bluntly, “If your project is meant to serve kids, why are so […]

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BeHeLP in Tampa! Sharing Our Data at the Annual Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Happy April! To usher in spring, we are proud to announce that our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP) was just represented in March at another national conference: The 28th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young […]

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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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