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Mental Health Pro Bono Program

Each year, nearly one in five Americans will experience a mental health concern and countless more will watch a loved one struggle with mental illness. When mental illness strikes, friends and family often struggle to understand the available medical, legal, and supportive services; how they intersect; and how they can be accessed on behalf of a loved one.

The Mental Health Pro Bono Program provides much-needed assistance to families struggling to get help their loved ones during and after a severe mental health episode. As a volunteer, you will work directly with families, offering them vitally important legal information about their legal options ranging from guardianship to involuntary inpatient commitment. By simply explaining the available legal remedies and how to pursue the best one for a family’s desired goals, you can give help that is limited in scope, but significant in impact.

The Center for Disability & Elder Law provides direct legal services to low-income seniors and persons with disabilities in cases involving adult guardianships, real estate, landlord/tenant, dissolution of marriage, simple wills, powers of attorney, consumer fraud, collection defense, and financial elder abuse.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Volunteers can set their own schedules. The estimated time commitment for one client is six hours or less. Your pro bono service will include an initial consultation and, at your discretion, follow-up calls or document preparation assistance.

Training and support

Volunteers watch a three-hour online training on mental health law and program logistics. Additional training materials, malpractice insurance, and expert support are also provided.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling skills

Skills and resources required

None

Location

Chicago, IL

Mental Health Pro Bono Program

Each year, nearly one in five Americans will experience a mental health concern and countless more will watch a loved one struggle with mental illness. When mental illness strikes, friends and family often struggle to understand the available medical, legal, and supportive services; how they intersect; and how they can be accessed on behalf of a loved one.

The Mental Health Pro Bono Program provides much-needed assistance to families struggling to get help their loved ones during and after a severe mental health episode. As a volunteer, you will work directly with families, offering them vitally important legal information about their legal options ranging from guardianship to involuntary inpatient commitment. By simply explaining the available legal remedies and how to pursue the best one for a family’s desired goals, you can give help that is limited in scope, but significant in impact.

The Center for Disability & Elder Law provides direct legal services to low-income seniors and persons with disabilities in cases involving adult guardianships, real estate, landlord/tenant, dissolution of marriage, simple wills, powers of attorney, consumer fraud, collection defense, and financial elder abuse.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Volunteers can set their own schedules. The estimated time commitment for one client is six hours or less. Your pro bono service will include an initial consultation and, at your discretion, follow-up calls or document preparation assistance.

Training and support

Volunteers watch a three-hour online training on mental health law and program logistics. Additional training materials, malpractice insurance, and expert support are also provided.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling skills

Skills and resources required

None

Location

Chicago, IL