Ind. court ruling could affect mentally ill kids

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A recent Indiana Court of Appeals opinion could affect how the state Department of Child Services obtains treatment for some children with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities.

The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/LJMlqU ) that the agency sometimes files neglect findings against parents who are unable to get care for their children. Entering the court system as juvenile delinquents or children in need of services is sometimes the only way such kids receive treatment.

But the court last month reversed a Marion County juvenile court judge who ordered a woman to get care for her teenage daughter, saying the woman had already tried to do so.

A DCS spokeswoman says the agency won't change any of its policies as a result of the opinion.


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