By Michelle Theriault Boots
Anchorage Daily News 

Federal investigation faults state treatment of children with mental health issues


December 21, 2022

A major U.S. Department of Justice investigation has concluded that children in Alaska with mental health issues are “forced to endure unnecessary and unduly long” institutionalization in locked psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment facilities because no alternatives exist.

The state of Alaska is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide services that would allow kids to stay in their homes and communities, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division found in a report released last Friday.

Alaska kids are regularly sent for six months or...

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