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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WORK – September 2018

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WORK
Missouri Appeals Class Certification in Psych Meds Case ›
In M.B. v. Corsi, NCYL and its partners are challenging the state of Missouri’s failure to maintain an adequate oversight system to ensure that psychotropic drugs are administered to children in foster care safely and only when necessary.  In July, we won a significant victory when District Judge Nanette Laughrey granted our motion for class certification, permitting the case to move forward on behalf of all children in foster care custody who are, or will in the future, be prescribed or administered one or more psychotropic medications while in state care.  The Defendants sought permission from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to appeal Judge Laughrey’s ruling, and in August the Eighth Circuit agreed to review the decision. NCYL will now be defending Judge Laughrey’s ruling in the Eighth Circuit.
Los Angeles Roundtable on Reproductive Health Equity›
On Friday, August 10th, the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (LA RHEP)  and the Office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis convened a listening session with county and community stakeholders to help ensure that every foster youth knows the reproductive resources available in Los Angeles County and feels empowered to exercise their reproductive health rights.

The fifteen participants included representatives from the Department of Mental Health, Probation Department, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Health Services, John Burton Advocates for Youth, Children’s Law Center, Alliance for Children’s Rights, and the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships. The group collectively developed a county-wide asset map, discussed opportunities to leverage existing efforts, systemic and institutional barriers, and shared ideas for how to build momentum and prioritize this issue across systems in Los Angeles.

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