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June 23, 2011 
Disabilities Rights Center
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Priced out in 2010

Priced Out in 2010 is a study of the severe housing affordability problems of people with disabilities. The study compares the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments of people with significant and long-term disabilities to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Market Rents for modestly priced rental units.

http://www.tacinc.org/resources/data/pricedout/index.php

Check out the New Hampshire data: “A person with a disability receiving SSI would have to pay 99% of their monthly income to rent an efficiency unit and 116% of their monthly income for a one-bedroom unit.”

 

Doctors Routinely Turn Away Kids On Medicaid

This disturbing Illinois study is likely indicative of a national issue. http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/06/17/doctors-turn-away-medicaid/13367/ 

 

When children are arrested for school-related behavior

Wrightslaw discusses strategies for when a child is arrested for disability-related behavior in school.  http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/jj.kids.arrest.pw.htm

 

GAO Finds Social Security’s Management of Return to Work Program Ineffective

Press release from the US Committee on Ways and Means: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=245997

 

Manual for Police, School Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) to Help Children and Teens;

70 Percent of Youth in Juvenile Justice System Have Mental Illness

From NAMI: this manualaims to improve interactions between youth and law enforcement officers by training law enforcement officers and encouraging a community partnership that effectively connects youth with mental health needs to effective services and supports in their community.”  http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=CIT_for_Youth

 

From the New York Review of Books:

The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jun/23/epidemic-mental-illness-why/ 

The Illusions of Psychiatry

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jul/14/illusions-of-psychiatry/

 

The US Department of Justice has an Olmstead website

The famous Olmstead decision requires states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and to ensure that persons with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. We still have a long way to go. The website has the letter of NH findings, information about Olmstead litigation around the country, a technical assistance guide, and how to file a complaint. http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/index.htm

 

Olmstead champion meets the president

Artist Lois Curtis, Olmstead plaintiff, presented President Obama with a painting on the 12th anniversary of the Olmstead decision. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/22/olmstead-champion-meets-president

 

Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight

Dr. Marsha Linehan, psychologist at the University of Washington, and originator of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), discusses her own journey of mental illness with the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/health/23lives.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

 

 

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