Miami Law's Children & Youth Law Clinic has recently published a Youth Health Rights Handbook that provides basic information for Florida teenagers about their rights to confidential health care. The handbook, underwritten by a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation, is being distributed to legal services programs, medical providers, and state agencies throughout Florida.
Complied by Professor Bernard Perlmutter, director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic, and Lux Guacci, Esq., a former lecturer and staff attorney for the clinic, the handbook contains up-to-date information about children's rights to confidential care and their ability to seek out such treatment.
"The handbook is part of a broader policy project by our Clinic to ensure children's access to treatment for physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs, and to educate them about their rights to disability services, substance abuse care, sexual health rights, emergency and suicide prevention, and coverage for these services under various provisions of state and federal Medicaid law," Perlmutter said.
The Children & Youth Law Clinic is an in-house, live-client clinic established in 1995 by Miami Law. The Clinic represents children in foster care and former foster youth in dependency, health care, mental health, disability, independent living, education, immigration, and other general civil legal matters, ensuring that they have a voice in court proceedings.
Under the supervision of three Florida-licensed attorneys, approximately 24 second- and third-year law students assume primary responsibility for all aspects of a client's case. Students learn fundamental lawyering skills, substantive law, and professional ethics. The Clinic seeks to instill in students a sense of professionalism and encourages them to pursue public interest law careers or to devote substantial portions of their legal practices to providing pro bono legal assistance to the poor.