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January 18, 2019 – Bazelon Center Statement on the Passing of Judge Patricia Wald
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law mourns the passing of Judge Patricia Wald, who died on Saturday, January 12 at age 90. Judge Wald was a pioneer of public interest law and one of the Bazelon Center’s founders. She made tremendous contributions to disability rights, including through groundbreaking litigation that secured children with disabilities the right to a public education — ultimately leading to the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read the statement here.
December 18, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on the Federal School Safety Commission Report
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law expresses serious concerns about the Trump Administration’s Federal School Safety Commission’s report, and condemns the Commission’s recommendation that the U.S. Department of Education rescind its 2014 school discipline guidance. The Bazelon Center urges the Department to retain the guidance and to stop engaging in harmful and discriminatory stereotypes about children with mental health disabilities. Read the statement here.
December 15, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on the Texas v. Azar Decision
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is disappointed and disturbed by yesterday’s ruling in Texas v. Azar invalidating the Affordable Care Act. Judge O’Connor’s decision ignores Supreme Court precedent and the intent of Congress. This decision should and will be appealed. We expect that the Affordable Care Act will be upheld and plan to support the appeal. Read the statement here.
November 16, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Recent Proposal to Increase Institutionalization
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law condemns the Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement earlier this week that it plans to approve new mental health Medicaid demonstration waivers to fund the institutionalization of people with psychiatric disabilities. Read the statement here.
November 8, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on Adoption of Medicaid Expansion by Three New States
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law celebrates the passage of Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives in three states: Proposition 2 in Idaho, Initiative 427 in Nebraska, and Proposition 3 in Utah. Read the statement here.
October 26, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on the Trump Administration’s Reported Plan to Redefine Sex
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center joins numerous civil rights and medical organizations in condemning the Trump administration’s reported plan to redefine sex in Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in order to remove transgender and intersex individuals from civil rights protections. Read the statement here.
October 25, 2018 – Bazelon Center Releases New Report on Advances in Employment Policy for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Bazelon Center is releasing a new report, Advances in Employment Policy for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, offering recommendations to address employment barriers and encourages state mental health agencies to expand supported employment. Read the statement here.
October 6, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on October 6 Vote to Confirm Judge Kavanaugh
The Bazelon Center condemns the vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. We are extremely disappointed that Judge Kavanaugh has been confirmed despite an extensive record demonstrating his disregard for the self-determination and humanity of people with disabilities. Read the statement here.
July 26, 2018 – Bazelon Center Review of Disability-Related Cases Involving Judge Brett Kavanaugh
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law strongly opposes the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The appointment of Judge Kavanaugh would threaten hard-won rights and protections for people with disabilities. A summary of his record is provided here.
July 26, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA. One of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation, the ADA is a landmark civil rights law for people with disabilities. Read the statement here.
July 9, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is extremely concerned that if the Senate confirms any jurist who has not demonstrated a strong and unwavering commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, it will signal a devastating blow to the rights of people with disabilities. Read the statement here.
June 20, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on the Forced Separation of Children and Families
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law strongly condemns the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their families at the United States-Mexico border. Read the statement here.
June 4, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop Today, the Supreme Court issued a narrow decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. While the Bazelon Center is disappointed that the Court ruled against the plaintiffs based on the specific facts of this case, we are reassured that the Court has affirmed… Read the statement here.
March 27, 2018 – Bazelon Center Statement on the Passing of Linda Brown
The Bazelon Center joins the in mourning the passing of Linda Brown, whose right to attend an integrated school was at the center of the Supreme Court’s 1954 landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education. Read the statement here.
February 23, 2018 – Bazelon Statement on Institutionalization Proposals
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law condemns President Trump’s recent claim that the forced institutionalization of people with mental health disabilities will promote community safety. Read the statement here.
February 16, 2018 – Bazelon Statement on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida
On Wednesday, February 14, as on far too many days this year – and in past years – there was a school shooting. Our hearts break for the victims, their families and friends, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community, and the community of Parkland, Florida. Read the statement here.
February 15, 2018 – Bazelon Statement on the Passage of H.R. 620
The Bazelon Center condemns the passage by the House of Representatives of H.R. 620, the so-called ADA Education and Reform Act. The House today passed the bill by a vote of 225 to 192. Read the statement here.
January 19, 2018 – Bazelon Statement on Work Requirements in Medicaid
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new Medicaid guidance allowing states to impose work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility. The Bazelon Center condemns this Administration’s approval and promotion of Medicaid work requirements. Read the statement here.
January 11, 2018 – Bazelon Statement on the Recent Press and Public Discourse About the Mental Health of Public Figures
Over the last few weeks, an increasing number of people from all points on the political spectrum have started to discuss, most often in a disparaging way, President Trump’s mental health. The press and the public alike have thrown around words like “unhinged,” “crazy,” and “unstable.” Behind these provocative words lies the all too common assumption that a person who has a mental health disability cannot possibly be trusted, let alone successful. Unfortunately, this assumption seems prevalent even among psychiatrists who should professionally be most aware of this falsehood. Read the statement here.
January 8, 2018 – Statement on the Withdrawal of Guidance and Technical Assistance Documents Concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act
The undersigned members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination (CPSD) write to express concern about the Justice Department’s recent withdrawal of a number of guidance and technical assistance documents concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Read the statement here.
August 28, 2017 – Bazelon Center Statement on Transgender Individuals in the Military
The Bazelon Center condemns in the strongest terms President Trump’s executive memo banning transgender individuals from enlisting in the United States military and denying medically necessary care for transgender individuals already serving. Read the statement here.
August 16, 2017 – Bazelon Center Statement on Charlottesville
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law stands alongside our disability and civil rights allies to condemn the racism, hatred, and violence displayed in Charlottesville this past weekend and to extend our support to the family of Heather Heyer, as well as to the other victims. Read the statement here.
July 24, 2017 – Vote Scheduled for Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 25) While we still do not know which health care bill the Senate will consider on Tuesday, we have gotten confirmation this weekend that a vote will happen on Tuesday. There are different versions of various bills under consideration. Read the alert here.
July 14, 2017 – New Healthcare Bill, Same Medicaid Caps/Cuts Senate Republicans yesterday released a new version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. The Medicaid caps and cuts in the new version and the repeal of the Medicaid expansion remain the same. There are now additional harmful provisions that will eliminate access to mental health benefits for millions of Americans who rely on private health insurance. Read the alert here.
July 12, 2017 – National Disability Call-In Day The Senate is planning a vote on a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act next week. This week, we need to tell them that any bill that caps Medicaid and repeals the Medicaid Expansion is unacceptable. In partnership with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and other disability advocacy groups, we are proud to co-sponsor the National Disability Call-In Day! Read the alert here.
June 28, 2017 – People’s Filibuster Week of Action – Day 3 Yesterday (Tuesday, June 27, 2017), Senate Majority Leadership announced that they were delaying the vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). You and your calls and your advocacy did this. Thank you for all of your work on this incredibly important issue for people with disabilities! Read the alert here.
June 27, 2017 – People’s Filibuster Week of Action – Day 2 Last night, the Congressional Budget Office released a score, or financial analysis, of the Senate healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The score confirmed our analysis of the bill—that it retains massive cuts to the Medicaid program, specifically $772 billion in the first 10 years and then even deeper subsequent cuts, and will cause millions of people, 22 million to be specific, to lose healthcare coverage. Read the alert here.
June 26, 2017 – Join the People’s Filibuster Week of Action Last week, the Senate released their healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This bill is as bad or worse than the House healthcare bill, especially for people with disabilities. Despite releasing the bill a few days ago, the Senate is rushing to vote on the bill this Thursday. We urge you to participate in a People’s Filibuster Week and take action. Read the alert here.
June 20, 2017 – Senate Planning Vote on Healthcare Bill – Call Your Senator Today! The Senate is putting the final touches on its own version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House in May. Unfortunately, our best understanding at this moment is that the Senate bill makes an even deeper cut to Medicaid, while maintaining the other harmful provisions. Learn more and find out how you can help here.
May 26, 2017 – Bazelon Center supports the Raise the Wage Act of 2017.
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law strongly supports the Raise the Wage Act of 2017, which was introduced today by Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders and Representatives Bobby Scott and Keith Ellison. Read more about the Act and how it helps people with disabilities here.
May 24, 2017 – Bazelon Center Responds to Senator Request for Stakeholder Input. The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law recently wrote a response to Senator Orrin Hatch’s request for stakeholder input on healthcare reform following the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Read the letter here.
April 27, 2017 – House Considering Vote on Harmful Health Care Bill – Call Congress Now.
A new amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is winning the support of the House Freedom Caucus making it more likely that a vote by the House of Representatives could happen as early as this weekend. Action is needed immediately to stop the AHCA from being approved by the House of Representatives. This is the bill that proposes to gut the Medicaid program through per capita caps and block grants and repeal many provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are critical to people with disabilities. Learn more.
March 22, 2017 – Contact Your Representative and Tell Them to Vote No on the American Healthcare Act.
The House will vote tomorrow, March 23, 2017 on whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The House bill proposes to cut 25% of Medicaid’s budget, eliminate the guarantee that Medicaid will provide the health and supportive services (including mental health and substance use disorder services) that people need, and kick 14 million Americans off of Medicaid. Read more.
March 7, 2017 – Tell Your Elected Officials to Oppose the American Health Care Act! House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act, a bill that repeals crucial parts of the Affordable Care Act for people with mental illness.Read more here.
February 15, 2017 – Tell Your Senators to Preserve Critical Protections for Students with Disabilities!
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to overturn the Department of Education’s regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA’s) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities. The Senate will vote soon on whether to follow the House and overturn the regulation. We ask you to call your Senators today and vote “no” and protect students with disabilities. Read more here.
February 8, 2017 – Tell Your Senator to Vote No on Jeff Sessions and Tom Price.
President Trump has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions to be United States Attorney General. Mr. Sessions’ long history of opposing key protections for people with disabilities suggests that under his leadership, the Justice Department would not vigorously enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other important disability rights laws. The President has also nominated Congressman Tom Price to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As a member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Price has sought to dismantle critical programs providing services to people with disabilities, including the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid program. We ask you to call Senators today to tell them to vote “no” on both the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Read more here.
February 1, 2017 – Bazelon Center Opposes Supreme Court Nomination of Neil Gorsuch The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a national legal advocacy organization advancing the rights of people with mental disabilities, opposes President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Bazelon Center believes appointing Judge Gorsuch to the high court would result in significant harm to the lives of people with disabilities. Read more here.
January 24, 2017 – Tell Your Senator to Vote No On Betsy DeVos
President Trump has nominated Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos to be Secretary of Education. The Department of Education is responsible for ensuring that all children, including children with disabilities, receive a quality education, free from discrimination. Ms. DeVos’s record and testimony at her Senate confirmation hearing disqualify her from leading the Department in this critical mission. We ask you to call Senators today to tell them to vote “no” on her nomination for Secretary of Education. Read the alert here.
July 5, 2016 – Bazelon Calls for Comments Against New Social Security Administration Rule on FBI Background Check Database The Bazelon Center urges people to submit comments opposing the Social Security Administration’s proposed rule to report individuals with a representative payee due to a mental impairment to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System gun database. Read the alert here.
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