First Star joined a brief in a Maryland case involving an individual who is extraordinarily fragile and who is likely to lose his life if he does not receive round-the-clock skilled nursing care.

Numerous disabled children in Maryland and elsewhere face dramatic changes in their living situations, including loss of access to necessary medical care, when they reach age 21 and “age out” of the foster care system. Before age 21, those children have the dual protection of foster parents and supervision by the juvenile court, as well as the assistance of state agencies like the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). After age 21, they stand to lose much of that assistance, even though some of those individuals will not be able to live fully independently due to their disabilities.

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