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Legal Network

Legal Network Trainings

Recent Trainings

Contact Samantha Roy at 617-275-2881 for training materials.

Assisting Children with Mental Health Needs: Becoming Part of HLA's Mental Health Guardian ad litem Project

As part of HLA's Children's Mental Health Access Project, HLA staff attorneys receive guardian ad litem appointments from Juvenile Court Justices to investigate cases involving children with mental health needs. As GAL, HLA attorneys conduct investigations, provide recommendations to the Court and provide advocacy with care providers, state agencies, insurers and others, all to help children receive the mental health care they need.

This is a great opportunity for HLA Pro Bono Legal Network attorneys to learn the basic tools necessary to take on a mental health GAL case as a referral from HLA.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
8:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Health Law Advocates
30 Winter Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Program Topics include:

  • The role of a mental health GAL
  • Overview of the Juvenile Court process and its players
  • Special education law as it relates to children with mental health diagnoses
  • Resolving disputes with insurers over access to mental health services 

Judicial Appeals of Health Care Agency Rullings: Challenging Administrative Decisions by Medicaid (MassHealth) and Commonwealth Care in Superior Court Under MGL Chapter 30A

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Foley & Lardner LLP
111 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02199

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration/complimentary light breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Program Topics include:

  • *Prefiling - when is a 30A appeal your best bet?
  • *30A Filing - paperwork, service of process, deadlines and more
  • *Open panel discussion - advanced topics in 30A appeals

Representing Clients with Medical Debt

June 25, 2008

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

HLA 9th Floor Conference Room, 30 Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108

Topics include:

  • Intake/Investigation Procedure for a Medical Debt CaseNegotiating Payment Plans
  • Finding a 3rd Party Payer
  • Enrolling clients in programs for state benefits
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Attorney General’s Collection Practices Regulations
  • Health Care Finance and Policy Regulations
  • Claims under Chapter 93A

Talking Shop Training: Insurance Coverage and Coverage Appeals for Consumers

June 14, 2007

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Offices of Holland & Knight LLP,

Topics Include:

  • Public Insurance Coverage Options
  • Private Insurance Coverage Options
  • Health Reform Coverage Options
  • Appealing MassHealth Coverage Denials
  • Appealing Private Insurance Coverage Denials


Children’s Legal Rights to Mental Health Services

February 8, 2007

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Leominster District Court

Topics Include:

  • Children’s entitlements to mental health services under MassHealth  
  • Accessing mental health services for children: Overcoming obstacles
  • Supplementing MassHealth services with other agency services
  • Impact of 2006 Mass. Health Care Reform Law on Children with Mental Health Needs 


Massachusetts’ Health Care Reform Law 2006

Sponsored by HLA, Unum Provident and Bowditch & Dewey LLP

June 21, 2006

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                       

Unum Provident, Worcester, MA

Topics Include:

  • Health Care Reform Overview
  • Health Reform Basics for Consumers
  • Nuts and Bolts of Health Reform for Employers
  • How Providers Will Be Affected by the New Law