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Written by Lauren Dunivant & Jennifer Mezey

May 17

2013

Through Collaboration Between Mental Health and Legal Professionals, Clients Receive Better, More Effective Support and Services

Lauren Dunivant, Community Support Specialist, Community Connections

Lauren Dunivant, Community Support Specialist, Community Connections

Jennifer Mezey, Supervising Attorney

Jennifer Mezey, Supervising Attorney

Legal Aid routinely collaborates with caseworkers and others in the community who work with our clients.  Without the support of dedicated caseworkers, some clients might never get to Legal Aid to request our assistance.  And when caseworkers, lawyers and clients work together effectively, all of the parties can learn from each other and complement each other’s efforts to the ultimate benefit the client.

Such was the case with Ms. F.  After a long history of abuse, Ms. F was receiving treatment through Community Connections, an agency that provides comprehensive mental health treatment and supportive services.  Ms. F and her community support worker, Lauren, came to Legal Aid, where they met Jennifer, a Legal Aid attorney.  Together, Lauren and Jennifer were able to guide Ms. F through the stressful process of appealing a denial of Social Security benefits.  Thanks to Lauren’s efforts, Jennifer was able to get medical records from Ms. F’s psychiatrist that provided detailed support for her claims of impairment.  It was also critically important to have Lauren, who Ms. F already knew and trusted, assisting Ms. F and supporting her through what can be a lengthy and stressful process. Read more →