Department of Health Agrees to End Lengthy Waitlist for Admission of Prisoners with Mental Illness to State Mental Hospital

Individuals found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity were
routinely denied access to mental health treatment and the opportunity to stand trial.

September 6, 2016

Baton Rouge, LA -- Under terms of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit brought by the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will end the practice of warehousing certain mentally ill detainees in parish jails. The Agreement will instead require the Department to admit them promptly to a mental health hospital for treatment.

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Advocacy Center of Louisiana Announces New Executive Director

August 30, 2016

(New Orleans, LA) - The Advocacy Center of Louisiana is pleased to announce Kim Y. Jones as its new Executive Director. Jones brings more than two decades of legal and non-profit experience to the Advocacy Center, most recently providing indigent defense for parents and caregivers on behalf of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect in the Family Court Division of D.C. Superior Court.

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AC Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections

BATON ROUGE, La. – On August 16, 2016, the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, Proskauer Rose LLP, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a class of probationers and parolees who are deaf or hard of hearing against the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (“LDPSC”) and its Secretary, James LeBlanc, alleging violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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