Ivy Moody is a staff attorney at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC), the legal services program in Massachusetts that works to secure and protect the legal rights of persons involved in mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities programs.
Before joining the staff at MHLAC, she was a Deputy Public Defender with the Colorado State Public Defender's office in Colorado Springs. Attorney Moody recieved her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and received a Master of Arts from American University School of International Service, with a concentration in International Affairs / International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Political Science and International Relations, with a focus on Peace, Justice and Human Rights.
Letter from Ivy Moody addressing some of the risks and of the New 988 Help Line -- why potential users should be aware of the risk of a 911 transfer and why mental health crisis response should be diverted away from law enforcement involvement.