Navigation Links
Court Orders Reinstatement of Vital, Cost-Saving Treatment for Children With Autism

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday issued a preliminary injunction in the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of children with autism against the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC) for unlawfully terminating the most effective treatment for their condition.

The order in the Benito R., et al. v. ELARC case requires ELARC to reinstate funding for Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based ("DIR") treatment services for a class of children with autism served by the center, including children who have recently been diagnosed with autism and need the treatment program but have not yet received it.  ELARC, a nonprofit agency through which the state provides statutorily required services to people with disabilities, suddenly and illegally eliminated funding for the treatment after more than 10 years of providing it to hundreds, if not thousands, of mostly low-income children with autism.

"DIR has successfully treated children with autism in 33 states and in countries throughout the world," said John Sharer of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  "Over the past 20 years, it has substantially improved the quality of their lives and has transformed many of these children into fully-functioning members of society.   This decision ensures that these children continue to receive this vital treatment program and prevents further regression and harm."

"ELARC's termination of DIR was based on a misapplication of the so-called 'Trailer Bill,'" explains Laura Faer, Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Children's Rights Project.  "The bill prohibits Regional Centers like ELARC from funding 'experimental' treatments.  It was never intended to suspend proven, effective and cost-saving treatments like DIR that change children's lives and prevent state-funded hospitalization and institutionalization."

About Public Counsel -

Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the world. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community, including abused and abandoned children, homeless families and veterans, senior citizens, victims of consumer fraud and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities.

SOURCE Public Counsel

Back to top



SOURCE Public Counsel
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Health Groups Ask Supreme Court to Authorize Financial Penalties on Tobacco Companies for Decades of Wrongdoing
2. Prince Court Medical Center in Malaysia to Release First Patients Beyond Borders FOCUS ON:™
3. Connor Sport Court Lays the Ground for NBA All-Star Jam Session Presented by Adidas
4. SnapSports Releases ReActive Court Surfacing For The International Sports Market
5. Statement From IHA President Maryjane A. Wurth on Illinois Supreme Court Medical Liability Ruling
6. Physicians Coalition Asks Federal Court to Block Obama Healthcare: Doctors Claim Bill Would End Practice of Medicine as We Have Known It, Assert Presidents Actions Are Unconstitutional
7. Shamy & Shamy Launches New Web Site Providing Simple Access to Free Online Resources for New Jersey Court System
8. Alex & Gaxiola Legal Team Files Bold Motions to Disqualify Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Criminal Cases Pending in Superior Court
9. LA Superior Court Appoints Steering Committee to Lead 3,000+ Avandia Lawsuits
10. Shebell & Shebell Prevails in "Hostile Work Environment" Workers' Comp Case Affirmed by Appellate Division of Superior Court of New Jersey
11. American Red Cross Wins Court Injunction Against Striking Teamsters
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. This new relationship ... of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June ... sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, ... of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading providers of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... health policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, ... work on several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern ... Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He ... Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from ... avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this ... coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 According to a new ... Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, 5mm, ... Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & Global ... the market for the forecast period of 2016 to ... Billion by 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in 2016, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 ... today announced the appointment of Dr. Edward ... as a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. ... Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a ... will provide independent expertise and strategic counsel to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016  MedSource announced today that it has ... solution of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s ... their clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data ... nowEDC as the EDC platform of choice in ... "nowEDC has long been a preferred EDC platform ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: