15,000 Kids Jailed For Lack Of Mental Treatment

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Some 15,000 children with psychiatric disorders were incarcerated last year because no mental health services were available, says the New York Times. The figures were compiled by the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Government Reform in the first nationwide survey of juvenile detention centers. "The use of juvenile detention facilities to warehouse children with mental disorders is a serious national problem," said Senator Susan Collins (R-Me.), who sought the survey with Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-Cal.) The study, presented at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, found that children as young . . .

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