out-of-county foster youth
Brown Signs Bill to Close Mental Health Gap for California’s “Out-of-County” Foster Youth
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday that aims to resolve issues preventing kids placed in out-of-county foster homes from getting needed mental health treatment. About one in five foster youth in California — or about 13,000 youth — are considered out of county, meaning they have been placed in a county other than the one where they first entered the state’s child welfare system.
California’s Chance to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Foster Youth
Up to 85 percent of youth in foster care have some condition or disorder that requires mental health treatment. Given the trauma they have experienced in their young lives, they are three to six times more likely to experience emotional, behavioral and developmental problems than youth who are not in foster care.