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While nearly of the general population have mental illness of some kind, that percentage is disproportionately higher in the prison population. Like people of , people with disabilities are much more likely to be incarcerated. They are often nonviolent offenders, which is why we at the Bazelon Center believe in criminal justice reform to change the way we punish nonviolent and firsttime offenders. Even people who break the law deserve to be treated irly by it.

On February , Brookings will screen The S Word, a documentary that seeks to amplify the voices of those living after suicide attempts and loss and raise awareness about suicide prevention and resources.

SAVE THE DATE A SAMHSAsponsored webinar developed under contract by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law will take place Monday, February at PM Eastern Time called Criminal justice, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and People with Mental Illnesses. Presenters will be Mark Murphy, managing attorney of the Bazelon Center, and Elizabeth Jones, an expert consultant and court monitor in several Olmstead cases. Read more information and register /criminaljustice_reg/event/event_info.html. Questions? Contact Kelle Masten at kelle….See MoreSee Less

On Monday, February , the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. is hosting a screening and panel discussion of The S Word, a documentary on suicide in America. Directed by Lisa Klein, the film seeks to amplify the voices of those with lived experience, and raise awareness about suicide prevention and resources. Leah Harris, an advocate and former Bazelon staff member, will provide opening remarks. Read details and RSVP here…See MoreSee Less

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities D and the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination CPSD wrote to the Justice Department to express concern about the Departments recent withdrawal of a number of guidance and technical assistance documents concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act  ADA.read more »

We filed a class action lawsuit in federal court alleging that the State of Georgia has discriminated against thousands of public school students with disabilities by providing them with a separate and unequal education.

Having a job, perhaps more than any other ctor, enables people with mental illness to lead full lives in their communities. We will continue to strive for workplace and employment equality, so that iniduals with disabilities will not be discriminated against while seeking employment and/or once hired.

Iniduals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, which is why the Bazelon Center works to ensure that iniduals at all income levels have access to communitymental health services that will enable them to live and work independently in the community.

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Criminal Justice, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and People with Mental Illnesses

We believe that all people deserve equal care and protection under the law. Our work in education is mostly based around protecting the rights of students in public schools under the ADA Americans with Disabilities Act and IDEA Iniduals with Disabilities Education Act. Under these laws, all students regardless of mental illness or ability should be able to receive accommodation and education while being integrated into the classroom.

Learn about the recent Supreme Court ruling that raises the minimum education standards for children with disabilities and why the Center applauds the decision.

The S Word A documentary on suicide in America

The Affordable Care Act ACA was the largest expansion of mental health services in decades, expanding not only access to health care coverage for millions of people with mental illnesses, but also specifically expanding access to needed mental health services across the health care system.  An estimated million Americans gained access to mental health and substance use disorders when the ACA was enacted.  Today, the threat of repeal, especially the elimination of Medicaid Expansion and the ban on preexisting condition discrimination threatens the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans.  We are fighting to protect access to critical health services and invite you to join the fight.he Bazelon Center fmental health centeror Mental Health Law