Legal claims, cont’d.
“The fundamental requirement of due process is the opportunity to be heard ‘at a meaningful time and in a meaningful manner.’” Mathews v. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319, 348, 96 S.Ct. 893, 909 (1976) (citations omitted).
The interest that will be affected by the official act is among the fundamental liberties afforded protection by the United States constitution and is entitled to heightened scrutiny. The risk of erroneous deprivation is substantial and extending the right to a hearing to all parents would serve the state’s interest that children receive necessary mental health treatment and remain safe.