Wesley Sheffield

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Wesley Sheffield

About Wesley Sheffield

Wesley Sheffield is an Associate Attorney at Young Minds.

California Prepares for Implementation of New Intensive Medi-Cal Mental Health Treatment

Statewide Rollout of Therapeutic Foster Care Will Complete the Third and Final Service Component of the Longstanding Katie A. Reform Lawsuit California took its first step towards implementing a new intensive community-based mental health service for children and youth with serious mental health needs. Earlier this month, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) [...]

Sacramento County Adds $2.25m for Specialty Youth Mental Health Services in Proposed Budget

Sacramento County is poised to make a substantial investment in intensive community-based mental health services for Medi-Cal eligible youth. Last week, Sacramento County Executive Navdeep Gill released the County’s 2016-2017 Recommended Budget. The proposed budget adds more than $1.1 million in county funds for the expansion of Katie A. mental health services, an array of individualized [...]

Breaking News: Federal District Court Approves Idaho’s Implementation Plan for Children’s Mental Health Reform Project

The United States District Court of Idaho issued an order today approving the State of Idaho’s Implementation Plan in the long-standing lawsuit, Jeff D. v. Otter. The Implementation Plan outlines concrete steps Idaho will undertake in order to reform the state’s mental health system for children. Once fully implemented, an estimated 9,000 youth with serious [...]

By |2019-04-24T15:08:09-07:00May 17th, 2016|Featured Posts, Idaho, Jeff D., Litigation|0 Comments

Young Minds’ Analysis of AB 1299’s Anticipated Fiscal Impact

AB 1299’s “Follow The Child” Funding Provisions Provides More Equitable Access For Out-of-County Foster Youth Without Adding New State Costs AB 1299 (Ridley-Thomas) is scheduled to be heard by the California State Senate Appropriations Committee today. Access to federally mandated mental health services has been delayed or denied for foster youth placed out-of-county for many [...]

By |2016-11-17T17:26:06-07:00September 11th, 2015|Featured Posts, Out-Of-County|0 Comments

Action Alert: Help Ensure All Foster Youth Have Access to Mental Healthcare by Supporting AB 1299! Call Today!

AB 1299 (Ridley-Thomas) would address the now 20-year-old problem that too many out-of-county foster children and youth experience: the delay or denial of needed mental health services when a youth is placed in a new county. Providing equal access to mental health services to foster youth is both essential to their wellbeing and mandated by [...]

By |2016-11-17T17:26:06-07:00September 11th, 2015|Featured Posts|0 Comments

Budget Hearings Continue On EPSDT Entitlement Under Realignment

Stakeholders share concerns over county contract caps limiting services  This post is the second installment of our coverage on the effects of the 2011 Realignment on EPSDT services for young people with mental illness in California. Access to EPSDT services is a critical issue for California’s young people with unmet mental health needs, and a [...]

By |2016-11-17T17:26:21-07:00April 10th, 2014|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

CA Senate Budget Committee Review EPSDT Funding Challenges Under Realignment

The California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard testimony yesterday on the pending funding formula for 2011 Realignment Behavioral Health Subaccount Growth Allocation. Nearly three years after the program was realigned to the counties, representatives from the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) have not [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:49:35-07:00April 4th, 2014|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

In Plain English

Federal Mental Health Parity Final Rule Released—And Why That Should Matter to You In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought we would start off this week’s blog with some pies.  Not as yummy as pumpkin, these pies are nevertheless worthy of your attention. In particular, you may notice that in 2005:   Mental Health Expenditures were less [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:47:18-07:00November 26th, 2013|Featured Posts, In Plain English|0 Comments

The Community Mental Health Act of 1963

Still Pursuing the Promise of Reform Fifty Years Later Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, a major landmark in America’s history of mental health rights. Signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on October 31, 1963, the Act was the first of several federal policy changes [...]

By |2019-04-24T18:17:29-07:00October 31st, 2013|Featured Posts|5 Comments

California Budget Signed

How will it Effect Mental Health Services? Last week Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s $96.3 billion state budget with minimal changes to the version passed by California legislature on June 15th. Reviews of the budget abound but here are our top three recommended sources for information on the effects it will have on mental health [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:43:25-07:00July 3rd, 2013|Featured Posts|0 Comments