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April-June 2012


NCYL Joins Idaho Lawsuit Over Disabled Children’s Services

July 1, 2012
NCYL has agreed to represent a class of approximately 18,000 indigent children with severe emotional and mental disabilities who have sued Idaho over deficiencies in care. The original complaint, filed more than 30 years ago in Jeff D. v. Otter,1 alleged that Idaho…

NCYL Helps Steer Realignment Conversation Back to Children

July 1, 2012
This year marks the biggest change to the provision of children’s mental health services in California history. Under Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposals, the state will transfer fiscal responsibility for its mental health care system to the counties in a shift known as realignment. Under…

Innovative FosterEd Project Goes Statewide in Indiana

July 1, 2012
By Dr. Anita Silverman A bold NCYL initiative to improve the educational prospects of foster youth in one Indiana county has done so well that it’s been expanded to cover the entire state. The Foster Youth Education Initiative, or FosterEd, will go statewide in time

Can Antipsychotic Medications For Foster Children Be Better Regulated?

July 1, 2012
By Edward Opton Foster children are medicated with antipsychotic and other psychotropic medications far more often than other children in the United States. The long-term effects on the developing brains of children and adolescents are unknown. The side effects include significant health risks that in…

At the Center — Apr-June 2012

July 1, 2012

NCYL Welcomes New Juvenile Justice Attorney Hannah Benton

Hannah Benton has joined NCYL as a staff attorney specializing in Juvenile Justice. Prior to joining NCYL, Hannah was a staff attorney and an Equal Justice America fellow at the Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) in Hartford,

Funding News — Apr-June 2012

July 1, 2012

In Memoriam, Marion O. Sandler

The National Center for Youth Law recently lost one of its most distinguished and generous supporters. Marion O. Sandler died in her San Francisco home on June 1. She was 81. Marion Sandler was a pioneering businesswoman and philanthropist. Marion

NCYL Wins Major Victory for Las Vegas Foster Children

July 1, 2012
Ninth Circuit Overturns Dismissal of Foster Care Reform Case; Upholds Constitutional Right of all Foster Children to Safety and Adequate Medical Care NCYL has won a major victory on behalf of foster children in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada. The US Court of Appeals for…

New National Data Shows Racial Disparities in School Discipline

July 1, 2012
By Michael Harris Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals disturbing racial disparities in school discipline. The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) finds youth of color not only face harsher discipline than White students, they are more often referred to law enforcement,…