behavioral health

Can a Court Victory Prevent Overnight Stays in Hotels, State Offices for Washington’s Foster Youth?


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.

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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.

California’s Medicaid Reform Opens Up Access to More Children’s Mental Health Services


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.

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congressA Federal Bill Could Boost Funds for Home Visiting Program for Parents


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.

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    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.

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    Youth Advocate Programs, Major Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Provider, Gets $20 Million Investment from Ballmer Group

    Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), a community-based juvenile justice and child welfare organization with programs in nearly half of the United States, has received a major investment from Washington-based grant maker Ballmer Group to increase its staff and structural capacity.