L.A. County, Foster Advocates Reach Settlement of 18-Year-Old Mental Health Court Case
After 17 years of operating under a consent decree, Los Angeles County has reached an agreement to extricate itself from a long-running federal lawsuit that sought to address gaps in mental health care services for children in foster care in California.
Lack of State Oversight Threatens Success of California’s Continuum of Care Reform
As California prepares to implement massive changes in how it provides care for foster children, many of the local agencies that will determine the failure or success of the effort — the county behavioral health departments — are completely unprepared to deliver on the promise of improved care.
An Estimated 23,000 California Youth Are Newly Eligible for Critical Mental Health Care
In February, in response to advocacy by Young Minds, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced a landmark policy shift that made thousands of young people with mental health needs in California newly eligible for community-based mental health care.
California Clears Way for Increased Use of Therapeutic Foster Care
California counties will now be able to offer a therapeutic treatment model in a supportive family setting through its Medi-Cal services, thanks to an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
New Resource: What Are “Katie A. Services” and Why Are They Critical for Youth with Mental Health Needs?
The consequences of untreated mental illness are depicted in the news a lot. Families and whole communities have been and continue to be torn apart because people with serious mental health needs aren’t getting adequate treatment.
Thousands of Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth in California May Be Eligible for Community-Based Mental Health Treatment
As many as 70 percent of young people involved in the juvenile justice system may have a serious mental health condition. But only 8 percent of these youth received treatment within six months after entering detention.
While Counties Delay Mental Health Services, Out-of-County Foster Youth Languish
For out-of-county children on a path to adoption, the lack of consistent and timely mental health resources can have especially perilous consequences.
With Mental Health, Calif. Child Welfare Systems Must Learn from the Best
The California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies, in collaboration with other statewide advocacy groups, recently released a report detailing the lack of service options for children and youth experiencing mental health crises across California.
Calif. Bill Seeks to Close Mental Health Gap for “Out-of-County” Foster Youth
Proposed legislation, and the prospect of yet another class-action lawsuit against the state, may press lawmakers to resolve the issues preventing kids placed in out-of-county foster homes from getting needed mental health treatment.
California Should Spend Mental Health Dollars Based on Need, Not History
Pending DOF Decision Regarding EPSDT Allocation Formula Will Significantly Affect Access to Mental Health Services for Low-income Youth in California Last month, we at Young Minds Advocacy Project shared highlights from the California Senate Budget Subcommittee’s hearing on proposed changes to the methodology used to allocate 2011 Realignment Behavioral Health Growth funding to county mental health programs.