The selected team member:
1.Serves as a liaison between the New York Mental Hygiene Legal Service and Health System Legal department. Provides records and other information, as requested, in accordance with established laws, policies and procedures.
2.Assists in reviewing and responding to medical-legal inquiries, in accordance with established laws, policies and procedures.
3.Assists with the preparation of legal paperwork for patient transfers and court appearances.
4.Serves patients with legal documents (i.e. subpoenas, summonses), as required.
5.Coordinates court appearances for patients and provides notification to all appropriate parties, as required and as requested by patient.
6.Accompanies patients and hospital personnel to court appearances and serves as a hospital representative, where appropriate.
7.Records receipt of and tracks 3-day letters. Follows up with treatment team staff prior to end of the 72-hour period.
8.Tracks court ordered retentions.
9.Reviews census daily, records and tracks all new 9.37 and 9.39 involuntary patients and dates of status expiration.
10.Educates and provides support to hospital staff regarding the completion of paperwork to be used in patient transfer and other proceedings.
11.Maintains a working knowledge of the NYS Mental Hygiene Law and Office of Mental Health (OMH) regulations pertaining to patient rights and legal proceedings.
12.Provides support to the hospitals patient and family complaint program.
13.Provides notary public services.
14.Coordinates and maintains a legal status tracking system and filing system.
15.Performs related duties, as required
*ADA Essential FunctionsQualifications
Bachelors Degree in related field, required.
New York State Notary Public must be obtained within six (6) months of employment.
Previous healthcare experience working in a behavioral health setting, preferred. Paralegal experience, preferred.
Working knowledge of PC applications (i.e. Word, Excel), required.
Good communication and organization skills, required.