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Olmstead and Access to Mental Health Services for Youth

Elizabeth Priaulx, J.D., National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems (NAPAS)

Recent federal court decisions have weakened the force of the Olmstead decision as a tool for demanding new and increased services for people with disabilities. This session will help advocates steer clear of these weak spots and focus our demands for enforcement where success is more likely. Going beyond the legal landscape, this session will identify opportunities for advocates to demand that states put more of a focus on supporting youth with mental health needs as part of their activities to enforce the Olmstead decision. The last third of the session will provide examples of promising practices by states to increase community mental health services for youth with disabilities and prevent placement outside of the home.