The Center's precedent-setting litigation has established important civil rights for people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. These include the right to treatment in Wyatt v. Stickney (decided in 1971 and successfully concluded in 1999), and the Supreme Court's 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. ex rel. Zimring decision affirming the right of people with disabilities to receive public services in the most integrated setting consistent with their needs.
The Center also engages in federal policy advocacy, working with Congress and the administrative agencies to ensure, for example, that people with mental disabilities are included under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and amendments to the federal Fair Housing Act, and to generate resources such as SSI and Medicaid that can enable them to live and thrive in the community.
The Center provides extensive advocacy resources on its website, including excerpts or full texts of its publications. These range from an analysis of federal programs to assist children in transition out of foster care to a consumer-friendly booklet on how ex-offenders with mental illnesses can access federal benefits promptly upon their release from jail or prison.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: Statement on Senate Reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
May 13, 2004; Byline: Bazelon Center WASHINGTON, May 13 (AScribe Newswire) -- The Senate today passed S. 1248, a bill to reauthorize the...
Supreme Court Upholds Civil Rights Protections for People With Disabilities: Statement by Ira Burnim, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.(Brief Article)
May 17, 2004; Byline: Bazelon Center WASHINGTON, May 17 (AScribe Newswire) -- The Supreme Court today issued an important decision on the civil...