Friday, October 17, 2014

The Revolving Door between Advocacy Organizations and Government

I found this in an email newsletter from ACCSES, a national disability provider organization. 

Careful! You might get dizzy. Ms. Barkoff has gone from staff attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, to the US Department of Justice, with forays into the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Labor, and back again to the Bazelon Center:

Alison Barkoff Returns to Bazelon as Advocacy Director

Ms. Barkoff was a staff attorney with the Bazelon Center [for Mental Health Law] from 2005 to 2010, before joining the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where she served for four years as Special Counsel for Olmstead Enforcement in the Civil Rights Division. As Director of Advocacy, Ms. Barkoff will help lead the Bazelon Center's policy and litigation work, as well as work on organizational activities such as fundraising. While at the DOJ, Ms. Barkoff led the Civil Right Division's efforts to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities to live, work, and receive services in the community. Under her leadership, the Division issued its first guidance based on the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Olmstead disability-rights ruling and was actively involved in Olmstead litigation across the country, including several cases culminating in statewide system reform settlement agreements. She also worked with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS, the federal agency that regulates Medicare and Medicaid] on finalizing rules governing Medicaid-funded community-based services and with the Department of Labor on implementation of its new home care rule in Medicaid-funded disability service systems.

1 comment:

Harris C. said...

Glad you posted!
This entire network needs to be shown for what it is!