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Adult Advocacy Services

Legal Aid of WV’s Behavioral Health Advocacy (BHA) unit focuses on support for West Virginians with mental and behavioral health disorders. Our adult advocacy is broken into two distinct areas: community support for individuals in their everyday life and advocacy for residents of Mildred Mitchell-Bateman and William R. Sharpe Jr. hospitals.

The work of both our community and facility adult advocates includes:

  • Education and training for consumers, West Virginia’s psychiatric hospital staff, and other behavioral health professionals.
  • Investigation of complaints and grievances by individuals in the State’s two mental and behavioral health inpatient facilities.
  • Referral and community linkage for individuals and their families facing challenges from mental or behavioral health or substance abuse.
  • Establishment of community support for those with mental and behavioral disorders, such as housing and benefits.

Please note: We do not do hospital intakes or referrals for state facilities. You must contact the facilities directly. Our advocacy services are performed on-site and do not require an application with Legal Aid of WV.

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