Objectives & Priorities 2015
THE MISSION of University Legal Services’ Protection and Advocacy Program (ULS-P&A) is to ensure that District of Columbia residents with disabilities have the legal rights to which they are entitled, including the right to be free from harm, the right to individual choice and the right to full inclusion in the community.
The following priorities and objectives reflect ULS’ mission:
1. Assist individuals with leaving institutions, advocate for greater consumer choice, and reduce the District’s reliance on institution-based and/or segregated services for children and adults diagnosed with mental illness
2. Advocate to improve the variety of options and accessibility of transition services for youth.
a. Represent 3 individuals transitioning from the youth-based education, mental health, or other systems to the adult-based system, to ensure continuity of care and ongoing access to age-appropriate supports and services.
3. Monitor and investigate improper seclusion, restraint, and medication and other abusive and neglectful conduct at facilities where D.C. residents receive mental health service or seek to receive mental health services.
4. Conduct outreach and education to individuals with a mental illness, family members, the government, court-appointed guardians, and service providers about individual rights and ways to reduce reliance on institution-based and segregated mental health services.
5. Develop strategies to promote autonomy and self-direction for individuals who have been appointed a guardian or are at risk of having a guardian appointed.
6. Represent prospective class members in Thorpe v. District of Columbia to promote their rights under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to information about alternatives to nursing facility placement, transitional assistance, and quality home-based personal care services and supports through the Elderly and Physical Disabilities (EPD) Medicaid Waiver Program and the DC Medicaid State Plan to enable them to move out of nursing facilities.
CASE SELECTION CRITERIA
ULS accepts cases, as resources allow, for individuals:
While we recognize that every situation is important, please note that case acceptance is dependent upon available resources, including staff time. If your case is not accepted and you wish to file a grievance, please submit your grievance in writing to the Executive Director. Current clients may also submit a grievance to the Executive Director about the quality of ULS’ representation. A client may lodge an oral grievance with a ULS staff member who shall put the grievance in writing and submit it to the Executive Director. The Executive Director may be reached at:
Jane Brown, Executive Director
The Executive Director shall respond in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt of a grievance from any client or prospective client, or community member who has an interest in the operation of the protection and advocacy program.
A grievant may appeal the Executive Director’s decision to the ULS Board of Directors within ten (10) days of the written decision of the Executive Director. The decision of the ULS Board of Directors shall be final and not subject to further appeal or review. Client confidentiality shall be maintained.
The Executive Director shall report grievances to the Board of Directors annually.