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WMU: Why College Students Need Care; Revised ‘Katie A.’ Manual, New STRTP Criteria Released

The Weekly MashUp is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates. If you haven't already, sign up to be on our email list to get the Weekly MashUp delivered to your inbox each week! News: College Students [...]

Join The Young Minds Family This Holiday Season

As they say, it takes a village. Since its founding 5 years ago, Young Minds Advocacy has considered family all those who have made time and space to work with and support us. Our extended support network of collaborators, youth advocates, allies, and donors has helped us actualize many of the big goals of [...]

By | 2017-12-21T20:14:14+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Featured Posts, Katie A.|0 Comments

“Katie” Turns 15: How the Katie A. Lawsuit Has Reduced Youth Institutionalization and Expanded Opportunities for Thousands of Young People in CA with Mental Health Needs

Today marks a significant anniversary in the landmark California youth mental health case, Katie A. v. Bonta. On December 20, 2002, attorneys representing thousands of foster youth with serious mental health needs filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California and Los Angeles County for failing to provide foster youth with necessary mental [...]

Ending the Cycle of Trauma: How Prosecuting Youth as Adults Worsens Mental Health Challenges Among Young People and What We Can Do About It

“The system raised me, and the system failed me,” said Raymond Aguilar at a recent press conference, announcing the publication of a new report highlighting the public health outcomes of trying youth as adults.  Mr. Aguilar, a youth advocate, was prosecuted as an adult during his mid-teen years; he spent 26 years in prison. [...]

Weekly MashUp Special Edition: Revised Medi-Cal Manual Released, Reaffirms ‘Katie A.’ Services Aren’t Just for Foster Youth

On September, 22, 2016, the California Departments of Social Services and Health Care Services jointly released the Medi-Cal Manual for Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), Intensive Home Based Servicers (IHBS) & Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) for Medi-Cal Beneficiaries, Second Edition. Most notably, the manual clarifies that these intensive mental health services are available for ALL Medi-Cal [...]

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) [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:52+00:00 July 19th, 2016|California, Foster Youth, Katie A., Policy Action|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:57+00:00 June 13th, 2016|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Katie A., Medi-Cal, Policy Action|0 Comments

Expanding Opportunity: An Estimated 23,000 Medi-Cal Youth Could Be Newly Eligible for Critical Mental Healthcare

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 healthcare. Young Minds Advocacy has analyzed the shift and estimates that more than twenty-three thousand youth, with [...]

New Resource: What Are “Katie A. Services” and Why Are They Critical for Youth with Mental Health Needs?

By Annabelle Gardner, Director of Communications The consequences of untreated mental illness are 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. Hospitalizations for psychiatric disorders are spiking, especially for youth, and there aren’t enough hospital beds [...]

By | 2016-05-25T22:21:47+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Featured Posts, Katie A.|0 Comments

Closing the Gap: DHCS Announces All Medi-Cal Youth Are Eligible for Community-Based Mental Health Care

By Annabelle Gardner, Director of Communications Thousands of young people with mental health needs in California are newly eligible for community-based mental healthcare thanks to policy changes announced by the Department of Health Care Services last week. With mental health related hospitalizations for children and youth at an all time high, these services could fill [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:01+00:00 February 11th, 2016|Featured Posts, Foster Youth, Katie A., Policy Action|0 Comments