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1992 December

"Friendly Parent" Provisions in Custody Determinations

By Joan Zorza

"Friendly parent" provisions, which make each parent's receptivity toward sharing parental responsibility a factor for courts to consider in making child custody decisions, create numerous problems for women and children.

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Lack of Bilingual Services at Social Security Offices

Why Non-English-Speaking Clients Are Not Getting Help

By Kim Savage

This column examines the Social Security Administration's current provision of bilingual services, and provides detailed recommendations for improvement. The column also offers helpful suggestions for advocates seeking to secure bilingual services for their clients.

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Giving Your Client a Fresh Start

New Supreme Court Decision Highlights the Exemption Process in Bankruptcy

By Gary Klein

This article discusses the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision, Taylor v. Freeland & Kronz, on debtors' retention of claimed exemptions in bankruptcy. The article also provides helpful advice on how to maximize benefits from the exemption process for client debtors.

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Screening for Mental Health Problems in Children

By Cynthia Dailard & Michele Melden

This article examines the challenges faced by primary care providers who are responsible for identifying mental health problems in children and explains various screening mechanisms that are being used by four states in their EPSDT programs. The article also identifies a number of expert-developed screening instruments that have been proven to be effective and reliable in identifying mental health disorders in children.

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Medicaid Home Care for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities

By Ellice Fatoullah

This article argues that home health and personal care services are nationally required Medicaid services for a significant portion of the elderly and those with disabilities. It outlines federal Medicaid home care statutes and regulations and explains New York's expansive home care program.

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