Legal Counsel - The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative (MEJI) is seeking a lawyer to serve as Legal Counsel to the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP). MEJI advocates for low-income older adults and people with disabilities on issues related to healthcare, benefits, long term care, elder abuse, and individual rights. MEJI serves as the home for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP) and the MI Health Link Ombudsman program as well as overseeing two local long term care ombudsman programs. It also engages in elder abuse prevention and remediation efforts. In addition, MEJI provides advice and support to legal services lawyers and other advocates serving low income older adults and people with disabilities across the state. MEJI also undertakes systemic advocacy efforts, often in collaboration with state and federal advocacy partners, and works closely with MAP’s Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project for victims of elder abuse. Please click here for the full job description.
Long Term Care Ombudsman - The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for residents in licensed long term care facilities. Ombudsmen receive, identify, investigate and resolve complaints, including reports of elder abuse and neglect, from or on behalf of residents. The advocate will make routine facility visits, interview residents, provide information on long term care and residents’ rights, negotiate with facility staff regarding resident concerns, provide support to resident and family councils, collaborate with legal staff on appropriate cases, and prepare written reports. Additional responsibilities may include policy research, advocacy on a variety of issues of concern to vulnerable older adults, collaboration with other advocates, participation in interdisciplinary task forces or committees, preparation of articles and materials for consumers, and outreach presentations on elder abuse and long term care issues. Please click here for the full job description.