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Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

By Anne Lee & Brent Pattison

Many young people involved with the juvenile justice system also have important civil legal needs. However, a gap persists between public defense and civil legal assistance for low-income youth. TeamChild in Washington State attempts to bridge that gap, both in its legal practice and in this article discussing some of the practical challenges presented by civil legal advocacy for juvenile court-involved youth and presenting practice strategies for challenging school discipline and asserting rights to Medicaid and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Services.

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