Advocate/Mental Health

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. - Hartford, CT (30+ days ago)

Disability Rights Connecticut is seeking an Advocate to join its growing organization that is dedicated to identifying and eliminating the barriers that people with disabilities face in exercising their civil, legal and human rights. The Advocate’s responsibilities will be concentrated in providing high quality advocacy and training for people with mental health conditions but also may involve advocacy for people with a variety of other disabilities as DRCT works toward an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities, their families and our community as a whole.


Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. ("DRCT") is an independent, nonprofit organization established as the successor protection and advocacy system in Connecticut to Connecticut's Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, which was abolished by Connecticut law on June 30, 2017. DRCT's mission is to advocate, educate, investigate and pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to advance and protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities to participate equally and fully in all facets of community life in Connecticut. We are a statewide organization largely funded by federal entities authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, Rehabilitation Act and the Social Security Act.


The Advocate works with Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) team members to address requests for information, technical assistance, individual and systemic advocacy, training and outreach. The Advocate will concentration on providing advocacy for individuals with mental health conditions but will also share responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing to advocacy services to individuals with disabilities including those with cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities. He/she will work under the direct supervision of the Lead Advocate.


  • At least two years of experience working with people with
  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 additional years of demonstrated experience advocating for people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the Connecticut mental health system.
  • Strong and effective writing and verbal communication
  • Strong organizational
  • Experience in public speaking and developing effective
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and collaboration skills to be able to work well with others inside and outside DRCT.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, develop creative solutions and communicate both
  • Ability to conceptualize and develop initial and ongoing case
  • Ability to maintain thorough and complete
  • Ability to work independently with appropriate
  • Excellent computer, keyboarding and database

Other desirable qualifications for this position include:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and/or
  • Experience with or sensitivity to individuals from various racial, ethnic or language-distinct communities.
  • Knowledge of laws, rights and services as they pertain to individuals with disabilities.


This position description serves as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the right to modify, or rescind, this position description at any time, with or without prior notice.


Applications must include: (a) a letter expressing your interest in the position, how you meet the qualifications, and why you would be a good candidate; (b) Current resume; (3) Names and contact information of three references.

Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format and emailed by June 26, 2018 to Lead Advocate, Linda Mizzi.

DRCT is a fair employment practices/equal opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Type: Full-time


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