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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Grants Awarded to Health Law Advocates

Grants Awarded to Health Law Advocates$40,000
 
The Children’s Mental Health Guardian ad Litem Project in the Worcester Juvenile Court (2008)$40,000
 
Year:2008Amount: $40,000
Title:The Children’s Mental Health Guardian ad Litem Project in the Worcester Juvenile Court
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Health Law Advocates (HLA) attorneys presently attend sessions of the Juvenile Courts in Fitchburg and Dudley and receive mental health Guardian ad Litem (GAL) appointments from these courts. In this capacity, the mental health GAL is charged with providing independent recommendations to the Court regarding a child's mental health needs. HLA plans to provide this service in the Worcester Juvenile Court. They plan to conduct three or four training sessions for court personnel to improve their awareness of accessing necessary mental health services for these children. HLA expects that they would receive 30 to 40 of these mental health GAL appointments each year. The goals of this project are to improve access to mental health services for children appearing before the Juvenile Court in Worcester, reduce recidivism rates among these children and build the capacity of the Court and its personnel to better address the mental health needs of these children.

Project Director: Barbara Anthony, Health Law Advocates
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