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Bazelon Files Complaint Against the District of Columbia for Unnecessarily Institutionalizing Hundreds of Children with Mental Health Disabilities

September 22, 2018

On August 14, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, along with Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services, the protection and advocacy agency for the District of Columbia, the National Center for Youth Law, and the law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel, filed a class action lawsuit challenging the widespread failures of D.C.’s children’s mental health system to provide federally required intensive community-based services for children in their own homes, schools, and elsewhere in the community. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges violations of both the Medicaid Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires the District to serve its children with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate.

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