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Coordinator Full-Time - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)

Disability Rights New Jersey is the designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in New Jersey. The agency provides individual and systemic advocacy and legal representation, information and referral, training and technical assistance, outreach and education for persons with disabilities to protect their legal, civil, and human rights.

Institutionalized individuals with mental illness are vulnerable to abuse and serious injury; are subject to neglect, including lack of treatment, adequate nutrition, clothing, health care and adequate discharge planning.

Responsible for PAIMI program activities; priorities; and staff; monitors conditions and responds to individuals alleging abuse, neglect, and rights violations in state psychiatric hospitals, jails, nursing homes and other residential and community settings for individuals with mental illness. Identifies and analyzes trends, participates in meetings with state agencies and community stakeholders, and acts as liaison to PAIMI Advisory Council. Candidate should possess a minimum of five years of experience, two of which must have involved work directly related to the field of disability, preferably to individuals with mental illness, and two years of management experience. Willingness to work as a team. Willingness to travel on a regular basis to the four state psychiatric hospitals as well as other residential facilities throughout the state.

Anticipated start date July 1, 2019.

Master’s degree in social justice, social work, human services or related field, or Law degree, licensed to practice in NJ.

Interested applicants should send resume, letter of interest and writing sample to:

Disability Rights New Jersey
Attn: Interview Committee
210 South Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
advocate@drnj.org
Fax: 609-777-0187
www.drnj.org

Staff Attorney Full-Time - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)

Disability Rights New Jersey is the designated protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in New Jersey. The agency provides individual and systemic advocacy and legal representation, information and referral, training and technical assistance, and outreach and education for persons with disabilities to protect their legal, civil, and human rights.

Institutionalized individuals with mental illness are vulnerable to abuse and serious injury; are subject to neglect, including lack of treatment, adequate nutrition, clothing, health care and adequate discharge planning.

Primary responsibility to advocate for individuals alleging abuse, neglect and rights violations at state psychiatric hospitals, jails, nursing homes and other residential and community settings for individuals with mental illness. Monitor conditions and review investigations. Develop legal interventions on behalf of individuals and groups.

Candidates must have both experience and a commitment to working with institutionalized individuals with mental illness, strong investigative and negotiating skills, a willingness to work as part of an inter-disciplinary team and a willingness to travel on a regular basis to the four state psychiatric hospitals as well as other residential facilities throughout the state.

Candidates must have a law degree and be licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey.

Interested applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and writing sample to:

Disability Rights New Jersey
Attn: Interview Committee
210 South Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
advocate@drnj.org
Fax: 609-777-0187
www.drnj.org

Apply for Summer 2019 Law Internship at DRNJ

Disability Rights New Jersey seeks three law student interns for summer 2019. DRNJ provides legal representation to individuals with disabilities in a wide range of matters including healthcare, housing, employment, special education, accessibility, and discrimination. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

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Assistive Technology Advocate

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in New Jersey, with a mission to advocate for and advance the human, civil and legal rights of citizens of New Jersey with disabilities.

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center, the State’s Assistive Technology Act program, works to assist people with disabilities of all ages to access assistive technology devices and services through device loan, demonstration, reutilization and training.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Provides training and technical assistance, outreach and education, establishes relationships with individuals and groups to promote AT, demonstrates AT, develops materials for use on blog, newsletter and social media, assists with program sub-contracts, and provides information and referral, short-term intervention and advocacy activities to consumers.

Candidates should possess knowledge of and experience in disability related issues and assistive technology devices and services used by people with disabilities. Bachelors or masters degree in rehabilitation science or related field. RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) certification preferred but not required.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Interested applicants should mail, fax or e-mail resume and letter of interest to:

Disability Rights New Jersey
Attn: Tara Wilson
Recruitment and Interview Committee
210 South Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
Fax: 609-777-0187
advocate@drnj.org

DRNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Disability Rights New Jersey
210 S Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
1.800.922.7233 (in NJ only) • 1.609.292.9742 (Voice)
1.609.777.0187 (Fax) • 1.609.633.7106 (TTY)
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