Virginia Advocate's Supreme Court Success No Guarantee
Cheers last month for a Supreme Court decision allowing a state agency in Virginia to sue in federal courts may have been premature. In a 6 to 2 decision, the Court did not require Virginia to turn over documents related to neglect, abuse, suspicious deaths, or other violations that first sparked the case. Staff writer Angela Wilson explains. . . []
Justice Dept. Pushes For Services To Move Patients Out Of Mental Hospitals
Kaiser Health News writes, "A sweeping agreement this week between the Justice Department and the state of Georgia highlights an aggressive new campaign by the Obama administration to ensure that people with mental illness and developmental disabilities can get services." []
KHN Column: Social Security's Disabled Adult Child Program: A Key Program Often Below The Radar
In this Kaiser Health News essay about Medicare and Medicaid benefits for older, disabled adults, Harold Pollack explains how Social Security has become an effective insurance policy that was patched together by Republican and Democratic leadership over the past 75 years. Yet, despite its centrality as a social support for disabled adults, it still falls short of providing security, and individuals are forced to rely on other help, especially family, to plug the holes. []
More needed to realize Americans for Disability Act
On the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, the full impact of this anti-discrimination law, signed into law by Pres. George H.W. Bush, remains to be realized. . . []
Therapy or torture? Shocking children in Mass. school
ABC's Nightline airs a program (tonight) about aversive punishments including shock treatments at the Judge Rotenberg Center, a school for children with behavioral and emotional disabilities in Mass. . . []
Restraints and seclusion debated in states
While the nation waits for congressional action on bills eliminating seclusion and restraints as a form of discipline, states are acting independently while educators, and staff in residential treatment facilities, continue to respond to unruly youth with physical, chemical, or manual force. []

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