Health Justice Consultant (Temporary Attorney Position)


Health Justice Consultant (Temporary Attorney Position)

The Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project (MHP) seeks a health attorney consultant for our health justice advocacy team, to work remotely approximately 3 to 5 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Who Are We?
MHP is a team of attorneys, social workers, advocates, and peer specialists dedicated to disrupting and dismantling the cycle of hospitalization, homelessness, and incarceration that traps New Yorkers with serious mental health concerns experiencing poverty.

Job Summary & Qualifications
MHP assists low-income New Yorkers with mental health concerns who have questions about or problems with Medicaid benefits. We explain Medicaid services and rules, help clients request new or increased services from Medicaid, and appeal denials of Medicaid services. MHP specializes in Health and Recovery Plans (HARPs), a Medicaid managed care plan specifically for adults with significant behavioral health needs. MHP additionally assist clients with mental health concerns in various other New York Medicaid categories, including MLTC, MBI-WPD, “standard” managed care plans, and FFS. We also conduct community outreach and presentations on HARPs throughout the five boroughs for participants, caregivers, providers, and other advocates.

MHP seeks an experienced health care attorney for consulting and subject matter expertise in Medicaid health care. The position is a remote temporary part-time position to provide subject matter advice and expertise to our health care team of two peer specialist health justice advocates. MHP seeks an attorney with the following qualifications:

• JD degree with at least three years of post-law school practice;
• Extensive knowledge of Medicaid in New York State, including at least a basic understanding of HARP;
• Meticulous attention to detail;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Ability to work independently, and to be flexible;
• Experience working with people living with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders.

• Answer complex questions about Medicaid eligibility and services and assist with case strategy,
• Meet weekly with each of the two health team advocates (appx. 30-60 minutes per meeting);
• Attend weekly health team meeting (appx. 30-60 minutes).

Salary DOE. The consulting attorney will work remotely and handle all matters electronically or by phone. Flexible hours are available to accommodate attorneys already working full-time.

How to Apply:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Please write “Health Justice Consultant (Temporary Attorney Position)” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to high volume, we are unable to respond to all applicants. We will contact only those candidates selected for further consideration.

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, SOGIE, age, disability, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status. People with lived experience of mental health concerns and/or criminal legal system involvement are encouraged to apply.


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