Report Outlines New Therapeutic Approach Coming to L.A. County Juvenile Detention Facility

A new report outlines a roadmap and summary of the “L.A. Model,” a collection of therapeutic-based practices aimed at improving care for youth in Los Angeles County juvenile detention facilities. The new approach is expected to be at the center of a much-publicized renovation of one of the county’s 12 juvenile detention camps in Malibu, now dubbed Campus Kilpatrick.


L.A. Board of Supes to Explore Expanding Therapeutic Model at Juvenile Camps

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will explore the possibility of remodeling one of its juvenile detention camps in order to emphasize a therapeutic model of rehabilitation. At its meeting today, the board asked Interim Chief Probation Officer Cal Remington, Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai and the Department of Public Works to submit a report that would outline the costs of transforming Camp Joseph Scott into a place that “embodies a culture of care to enhance therapeutic opportunities for youth and improve their future.”


Mind Powers: Meditation Matters for Special Education Students

While meditation has expanded in recent years from a zen-seeker’s path to higher consciousness to a best practice for hard-charging CEOs, it’s now gaining a foothold at a school in Southern California serving students with serious emotional and behavioral issues.


Nontraditional Trauma Therapies for Youth: A Review and Synthesis

A new white paper from Upbring, a Texas-based social services provider, explores whether four nontraditional therapies can be effective in treating trauma experienced by children. According to the authors, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), animal-assisted therapies (AAT), creative-arts therapies (CAT), and movement-focused therapies (MFT) have often been utilized by clinicians to help children deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and other trauma-related issues.


Three-Part Series: Katie A., California’s Mental Health Mandate

California is home to more than nine million children and youth under the age of 18, about 13 percent of minors nationwide. A decade ago, a troubling chasm existed in the mental health services offered to the state’s most vulnerable children and youth: those who were either in foster care, or in danger of entering foster care.


Katie A. Part Three: Los Angeles — Something Left to Prove?

Over the past two days The Imprint has focused on the Katie A. v. Bonta lawsuits, which leveled California and Los Angeles County with the charge that every county in the state provide adequate mental health services for some of its most vulnerable children.