The Justice Department Has Issued a Statement Saying That Nevada Violates the Americans With Disabilities Act
The Department of Justice said today that it had closed an inquiry into whether Nevada’s treatment of children with behavioral health problems violates Title II of the ADA (ADA).
Justice Department says Nevada violates ADA
Each year, hundreds of children are segregated in residential treatment facilities when they might stay with their families with community-based treatments. Over a quarter of these youngsters spend over a year, and others are far from their homes. Nevada doesn’t provide resources to help institutionalized youngsters return to the community.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said, “Children with disabilities should receive the resources they need to remain with their families and in their communities.” “The Civil Rights Division looks forward to working with Nevada to comply with federal law and prevent unnecessary child institutionalization.”
The inquiry showed Nevada lacks community-based programs such as intense in-home services, crisis services, intensive care coordination, respite, therapeutic foster care, and other family-based supports.
Hundreds of Nevada kids are segregated for months, distant from home. Nevada officials expressed the desire to engage with the department to remedy the identified shortcomings.
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