I have had extensive experience in advocating and supporting people and families who are challenged with psychiatric issues, and behavioral and mental disorders. This includes in patient support, residential programs, and outpatient support.
I am available and accessible and strongly believe that advocates must work together collaboratively. We must understand that partnering with an expert in a particular area is imperative, and I regularly partner, consult, and collaborate with other professionals to make sure no stone is ever left unturned. Our goal is to help enhance and strengthen the quality of the lives of people we serve, and to be their champion.
- I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
- I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
- I am insured
- My geographical area of practice is Chicagoloand and nationally
I have learned a great deal about communication as a certified docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. The message of the Holocaust alway helps me to put in perspective the plight of the clients with whom I am engaged.
Perhaps my most significant accomplishment and interest has been in the area of mental and behavioral health. I have been involved with people who are isolated in in- patient psychiatric units; residential treatment programs, and with many other areas of mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral disorders. These are people and families who are crying out for help. My role is to be their champion and serve as an advocate under extremely difficult circumstances. I have accompanied people to out of town residential programs; monitoring their progress; and helped them become stabilized by referring them to the most appropriate providers who can assist them upon returning home.
I have battled and negotiated with insurance companies, hospitals and providers in regard to medical and hospital bills and have successfully mounted and conducted many appeals which have resulted in dramatic financial savings. When I recovered over 125,000.00 for a client who had been denied coverage for a year and a half, a great burden of relief was lifted and the family finally resumed their normal life.
Supporting people who need assistance with skilled nursing facilities and long term care has also been an important part of my work. This requires patience, persistence and resourcefulness.
My primary goal is to relate to my clients with the highest level of trust, confidence, and integrity. If I don't know the answer, I will find someone who does. Patient advocates must be resourceful and up to date.
I have spent over 40 years as an advocate for a family member with complex challenges and issues. This personal experience is the underlying foundation which propelled me into this profession and which continues to motivate me every day.