National Center for Youth Law

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Court Allows Lawsuit Against District of Columbia for Unnecessarily Institutionalizing Children with Mental Health Disabilities to Proceed - Class Action, Filed by Disability Rights DC, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the National Center for Youth Law, and Schulte Roth & Zabel, Claims Violations of Americans with Disabilities Act and Medicaid Act

July 26, 2019
July 25, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: Patty Guinto, National Center for Youth Law, Today, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied the District of Columbia’s motion to dismiss a class action filed by lawyers for children with mental…

Groups Detail “Chilling Effects” of Secretary DeVos’s Unlawful Rollback of Title IX Survivor Protections - In New Legal Filing, Plaintiffs Say Abandoned Guidance Deters Victims From Coming Forward, Delays Investigations of Sexual Violence Claims

July 26, 2019
July 25, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: Patty Guinto, National Center for Youth Law, Washington, D.C. — Advocates for campus survivors of sexual violence submitted new court filings that detail the barriers to justice erected by Secretary Betsy DeVos’s unlawful rollback of Title…

Federal Lawsuit: Oregon Failing to Ensure That All Children Can Attend a Full day of School - Parents & Advocates Call for Equal Access to Classrooms for Students with Disabilities

January 22, 2019
                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2019 Contact: Lewis Cohen, National Center for Youth Law,, 510-899-6561
Norma Kelly, Bazelon Center,, 818-395-1342
Julie Rosenthal, Bazelon Center,, 202-486-3059
Selene Almazan, COPAA,, 844-426-7224…

Extreme Housing Instability and Lack of Mental Health Services Endanger Children in Kansas Foster Care, New Suit Charges - Kids Moved So Often They Are Effectively Homeless While Deprived of Necessary Mental Health Treatment, “As Kansans We Should Be Ashamed and Outraged”

November 16, 2018
Contact: Lewis Cohen,, (510)8996561   (KANSAS CITY, KANSAS) – Children in Kansas foster care face extreme housing instability—sometimes moved more than 50 or 100 times—and are deprived of critical mental health assessments and services according to a federal…