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Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Last Update:9/19/2016
Address:1101 15th Street NW, Suite, 1212
Washington D.C., DC 20005
County:Out of state
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The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

Program Description

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a national nonprofit legal-advocacy organization. The Center uses litigation and federal policy reform to define and advance the legal rights of children, adults and elders with mental illnesses and to create approaches to meeting their needs that will assure them choice and dignity and will enable them to achieve full membership in their communities.

Staff attorneys provide training and technical assistance to legal services, protection and advocacy programs and other advocates for low-income individuals and families.

The Center publishes issue papers, booklets and manuals explaining and interpreting major federal laws and regulations that protect the rights of and make resources available to children and adults with disabilities.

The website features many advocacy resources.


Please visit the News & Publications section of for a list of publications (many dowloadable for free) on the following:

  • Discrimination based on a label of mental illness
  • Fair housing
  • Health Care Reform
  • Criminalization of people with mental illnesses
  • Mental health services for children with serious emotional disturbances
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As a matter of policy, About Special Kids does not specifically endorse any of the resources contained on our website or in our information packets. Resources are supplied for information purposes only and ASK recommends that families explore all options for assistance before making an informed choice.