Stephan Haimowitz, J.D.
Steve has worked for 30 years at the intersections of disability policy, service delivery and the legal system. During this time he has served in such roles as hospital administrator, class action litigator, research ethics consultant, state agency counsel, educator and program evaluator. His current efforts include improving services and employment opportunities for homeless veterans, ending the misuse of restraint on people with mental illness, and assisting collaborations between behavioral health and criminal justice agencies. Steve was a member of the team selected by the federal government to conduct the first evaluation of the Protection and Advocacy for People with Mental Illness program. He has provided technical assistance on such matters as the cost-effective settlement of complex litigation, the protection of human research participants and emergency preparedness planning for people with disabilities to diverse organizations, including Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs, Arizona Health Department, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Cook County/Chicago Circuit Court, and Territory of Guam. He has lectured at the Cornell University School of Medicine, State University of New York Graduate School of Criminal Justice and Harvard Executive Training Program for State Mental Health Administrators. Steve’s articles/chapters on mental health courts, community reentry, end-of-life care, AIDS discrimination, deaf education and disability policy have appeared in Psychiatric Services, the American Journal of Bioethics and Hastings Center Report, and books published by the Yale University Press, and the New York State and American Bar Associations. He led a coalition of deaf advocacy groups in getting the NY State Board of Regents to recognize American Sign Language and establish qualification standards for school interpreters. He has served as a Grant Proposal Reviewer for the US Department of Justice, an Administrative Law Judge for NY State’s Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and a Peer Reviewer for Psychiatric Services.