Thank you, Smallworld! He said they don't get directly involved once a kid is in the Department of Juvenile Justice system, but he is going to call back with a contact for COPA or something- Virginia's coalition office for protection and advocay, I think. Anyway, he said he is bipolar himself and that I need to make sure that difficult child doesn't get long term sentence or turned over to state dept of corrections. He told me to call the psychiatrist that I have a special consultation scheduled with and see if I can get her to intervene before court next week. Great idea- but I can't imagine her being able to do anything that quickly, even if she was willing to. I have been reading through stuff on Va's Commission on Youth website to see if I can find anything helpful. Of course they list reports about how youth in this state need more access to mental health care- before and after becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. I don't see how that can help if we all know that already, but it doesn't provide any more access.