Thursday, February 09, 2006

WVA legal director position vacant; WVA now handling ADW appeals

I recently learned that Tom Gillooly is no longer the legal director for The West Virginia Advocates (WVA), the federally designated protection and advocacy provider for West Virginians with disabilities. The organization is accepting applications through March 1, 2006, and the position was advertised in the Sunday Gazette-Mail this week.

Clarice Hausch, the Executive Director, would not go into detail about why Tom was no longer with the organization, but she did tell me that he did some great work for them during his tenure at WVA.

And good news for folks whose medical eligibility is being denied or reduced for Aged and Disabled Waiver (ADW) services, Clarice said WVA is looking to take some of those cases for legal representation. Particularly, she explained, their funding streams which support assisting people with physical disabilities and/or some mental illness are not yet exhausted.

Legal Aid of West Virginia has been handling many ADW appeals, so hopefully these two entities will coordinate and collaborate to efficiently get the best representation possible for these important cases. As soon as I know more details about who is taking which kinds of cases, I will post them here, so we can all make good referrals.

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