D.C. IS FAILING ITS CHILDREN: THE BAZELON CENTER ON M.J. V. D.C.
The motion includes numerous first-hand accounts of how DC families struggle to obtain needed intensive mental health services for their children. Parents have recounted how their children have cycled through both DC and outside residential institutions, where one child was physically abused, while another contracted COVID-19. An advocate noted that many of her clients have been hospitalized 10 or more times for extended stays of 30 to 90 days.
The Bazelon Center is working tirelessly to ensure that the motion passes for certification of a class action lawsuit. It is vital and crucial to defend and support children with mental health disabilities who too often get taken advantage of and abused by the medical system.
The Center also wishes to work with the District to ensure home- and community-based services for children, as these help prevent needless institutionalization and later incarceration.
See the motion (PDF) here. See the press release (PDF) here. See the Washington Post article here.