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Project HEAL Updates

Sowmya Nath,'s picture
December 22, 2014

Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) is a community-based program of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Project HEAL is Maryland's only comprehensive medical-legal partnership.

Project HEAL attorneys provide on-site advocacy and legal services to low- and moderate-income families raising children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive clinical services at Kennedy Krieger Institute. The staff includes one full-time and one part-time attorney, as well as law trainees from local law schools. Each year, Project HEAL provides representation to more than 65 children, primarily in special education matters, and limited representation to more than 300 families in need of legal guidance, information and materials, and referrals.

Project HEAL Launches Strategic Partnership with World-Renowned Law Firm

DLA Piper Project HEALProject HEAL is pleased to announce its partnership with the Baltimore office of the world-renowned law firm of DLA Piper. By adding its third law firm partner, Project HEAL will be able to provide greater assistance to Kennedy Krieger patients in need of legal services. Through the partnership, DLA Piper will offer pro bono legal services for special education matters in Baltimore County. Project HEAL and DLA Piper will continue to identify other common areas of interest in law or policy work.

The partnership launched on September 30, 2014, at DLA Piper's Baltimore office, where Project HEAL director Maureen van Stone provided a 90-minute training on special education matters to 16 attorneys, including Ray Earnest, the firm's senior pro bono attorney. Van Stone said, "The MCDD is grateful for this partnership and looks forward to having a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities who need appropriate special education and related services through the public school system."

Kennedy Krieger Employee Wins O's Tickets Donated by RE/Max Preferred

ReMax Project HEALProject HEAL is pleased to share the outcome of a recent fundraiser with corporate partner RE/MAX Preferred. Mark Simone, a realtor with Ron Howard and Associates of RE/MAX Preferred, generously donated a pair of Orioles tickets to game five of the American League Division Series as a raffle prize. Trish Shepley, the clinical director of the Outpatient Psychiatry/ Social Work program at Kennedy Krieger Institute, won the online raffle. Project HEAL is very grateful for Mark Simone's donation and proud of its partnership with RE/MAX Preferred in Fell's Point. The raffle yielded $1,840.00 for Project HEAL.

Maryland Bar Foundation Awards HEAL $5,000

Maryland Bar Foundation Project HEALProject HEAL extends its thanks to the Maryland Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the integrity of the law profession, for a grant award of $5,000. Funds will be used to support the legal services, community-based trainings, and case consultations to healthcare professionals offered by Project HEAL.