YLC Quoted in Lack of Mental Health Services Article

Sue Burrell is quoted in this article about an 11 year old held nearly a year in Santa Clara Juvenile Hall and lack of programs for detained kids with mental health issues. Mercury News Article

Posted Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Mercury News Article re Lack of Mental Health Services

California’s Locked-Up Children Languish without Mental Health Services By Karen de Sá  |  Mercury News  — The lengthy detention of a mentally ill 11-year-old boy in Santa Clara County’s juvenile hall has raised alarm among national juvenile justice experts. But while the jailing, recently reported by the Mercury News, is rare, it reveals a far more common problem: […]

Posted Monday, June 15th, 2009

Alejo v. O’Connell Filed Today

Today, the Youth Law Center and the California Rural Legal Assistance filed a lawsuit, Alejo v. O’Connell, challenging the cancellation of monitoring reviews of Homeless, Neglected or Delinquent, Migrant and English Learner programs by Superintendent O’Connell. Alejo v. O’Connell Petition

Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Press Release re Alejo v. O’Connell

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Programs for Homeless, Neglected, Migrant, English Learners and Other “At Risk” Students Concerned parents and community groups throughout California filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court today challenging State Superintendent Jack O’Connell’s decision to suspend monitoring of specialized education programs for Homeless, Neglected, Juvenile Justice, Migrant, English learners, and other disadvantaged […]

Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2009

CMS Acts to Withdraw Harmful Medicaid Rules

 In December 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued rules that would have restricted Medicaid funding for case management services for children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Case management services are particularly important for children with complex medical and mental health needs.  The Youth Law Center opposed these changes […]

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

No Discrimination Against Foster Children with Disabilities

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch ruled on June 4th that California state foster care officials must comply with state and federal disability laws in the AFDC-FC program, which provides support for children in foster care.  The ruling came in Leonard v. Wagner, a case filed in California state court in July 2007 by the Public […]

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2009

Janelle Orsi, Former YLC Law Clerk

Congratulations to Janelle Orsi, a former YLC law clerk, and Emily Doskow for writing the just published The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life and Build Community (Nolo Press)!  It is a legal and practical guide to sharing resources – such as how to share a car with your neighbor, form a […]

Posted Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009