To The Editor:
I am writing in response to The Law Tribune’s recent article about the attorney who has sued the Connecticut Legal Rights Project (CLRP) for alleged “muzzling” by her supervising attorneys. (See “Suit: Attorney Muzzled By Bosses,” April 23, 2007, page 8.)
Since this personnel matter has unfortunately resulted in litigation, I cannot comment on the substance of the subordinate attorney’s allegations. However, I want to dispel any impression created by this individual’s allegations that the agency is either mismanaged or failing to fulfill its mission.
On the contrary, CLRP’s dedicated staff members continue to provide high-quality legal services to low-income adults with psychiatric disabilities and have a strong record of accomplishments. Last year, CLRP served more than 1,000 clients and conducted outreach and training for thousands more. They successfully resolved housing discrimination cases with significant damage awards for clients, and are currently co-counseling a major discrimination claim against an insurance company as well as a civil rights case against Danbury Hospital and a mental health agency run by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
In addition, CLRP’s advocacy in the past year alone has resulted in substantial revisions to DMHAS policies related to individual treatment planning, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, and the individual’s right to determine his or her place of residence.
Finally, in 2006, CLRP staff attorneys have played a lead role in rewriting the state’s advance directives statutes, and this year, they have been instrumental in the effort to reform the state’s conservatorship statutes.
This is an agency that is focused and effective, operating with the oversight and support of its board of directors, and I am proud to serve as its board chairman.
Connecticut Legal Rights Project Inc.