Foster Care

A federal court in Arizona certified a “Medicaid subclass,” in a civil rights suit brought on behalf of children in the state’s foster care system, finding the class has sufficiently alleged that certain policies in the system put children at risk of not receiving necessary physical, dental and behavioral health services.

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Death-Row Inmate Pushes High Court for Insanity Standard

As the Supreme Court opened its fall term Monday with a case about what it takes to plead insanity, Justice Stephen Breyer offered a hypothetical example of two criminals — one who believed a dog had told him to shoot another person, the other who shot another person because he believed that person was a dog.

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California High Court Weighs Value of Mandated Reporting Law

California has a compelling interest in stopping the proliferation of online pornography depicting child sexual abuse. But psychotherapists are testing the limits of that interest, arguing that a state law requiring them to report patients to the authorities if they divulge that they’ve viewed child pornography wrongly violates the core tenet of confidentiality.

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Juvenile Sentencing

A man, now 19, sued the Youth Development Institute and the doctor who “prepared and issued a written report diagnosing him as ‘Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)’” because when he was 15 he exchanged “consensual text messages with a female classmate that her parents deemed inappropriate;” he seeks punitive damages, in Maricopa County Court.

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Democrats Renew Demand for Records on Family Separations

House Democrats on Thursday renewed pressure to obtain critical records on the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance family separation policy in light of a watchdog report detailing psychological trauma children experienced at facilities throughout the United States.

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