ADA violation: Maine needlessly institutionalizes kids, DOJ says

Maine is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily institutionalizing children with mental health and developmental disabilities, the Justice Department said June 22.

The state has a shortage of community-based services that would allow those children to stay in their homes, the department said. The result is that many children are placed in the state-run juvenile detention facility Long Creek Youth Development Center, which the department said has become "a de facto children's psychiatric facility," and sometimes in out-of-state facilities.

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