DRC works so people can have mental health services and supports so they can stay out of institutions. We enforce people’s rights in institutions. To find out more about our work in this area, keep reading.
DRC works to ensure that people with disabilities have access to mental health services and supports to enable them to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. DRC works to ensure patients’ rights in mental health facilities are not violated. This includes county mental health facilities and state hospitals.
Our Mental Health Team also does a substantial amount of advocacy in Jails and Juvenile Halls (find out more about our detention facilities work).
We represent clients on systemic issues and write materials to help people with disabilities self-advocate.
Fresno County should stop using pepper spray on children and teenagers serving time at the Juvenile Justice Campus and address other issues that affect their physical and mental health, a report from Disability Rights California recommends.
(Fresno, CA – July 2, 2018) Youth with disabilities released from the Juvenile Justice system face daunting obstacles when they return to their homes, schools and communities.
"Despite Ann’s determination to betray no emotion, a drop of sweat rolled down her temple as a guard painstakingly examined her lunch items. That Sunday morning, she had taken two buses, two trains and a shuttle to get from her home to the New York state psychiatric facility where her son is confined. Frustrated, she pushed back a little, but just a little, when the guard took away two sealed bottles of fruit-flavored water, a special treat that Ann had made an extra stop to buy.