Investigation Finds Spate of Foster Care Deaths in Ohio Since 2015
More than a hundred children have died while in the custody of Ohio’s foster care system since 2015, a local news investigation found.
Can a Court Victory Prevent Overnight Stays in Hotels, State Offices for Washington’s Foster Youth?
A recent federal court order requires Washington to finally halt the practice of housing foster youth in state offices and hotels.
Behavioral Health Funding for Washington Homeless Youth in Jeopardy
When Spokane’s Crosswalk teen shelter hired behavioral health counselor Kaitlyn Lee last year with money from a new state grant, part of her job was to shoot pool in the common room with the teenagers.
California Leaders Join Behavioral Health Task Force
As California works to transform its Medicaid program, a new statewide task force will tackle how to improve the state’s mental health and drug abuse services for its most vulnerable residents.
How Silos Broke a Promising Child Mental Health Settlement
In 2011, Rick Saletta was asked by the federal courts to work out a settlement in Katie A. v Bonta, a long-running lawsuit over California’s mental health services for children known to its child welfare system.
The Fight Against Preschool Pushout
When the parents or caregivers of young children start the San Bernardino County, California, CARE program, they are desperate. One mother said she hadn’t been able to go to the store in four years because of her 5-year-old son’s challenging behaviors.
The ‘IMD Exclusion’: A Looming Clash Between Medicaid and Child Welfare Reform
Last month, we mentioned that an answer given by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to a question posed by Kentucky’s child welfare agency carried big implications for how other states implement the Family First Prevention Services Act.
Potential ‘Landmark’ Settlement Reached on Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Foster Care
Missouri has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit that litigants hope will set some precedent on a once-hot-button subject in child welfare: the use of psychotropic medication to treat youth in foster care.
Feds Experiment with Plan to Catch Child Mental Health Crises Earlier
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is testing a new approach to services for Medicaid-eligible youth aimed at catching behavioral and physical health problems earlier. CMS, which oversees the two massive health care entitlements at the Department of Health and Human Services, plans to use up to eight sites around the country to test the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) model.