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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. [...]

Breaking News: DOJ Issues Guidance to Criminal Justice Entities Regarding Individuals With Mental Health Disabilities

At what point do our laws – and law enforcement officers – treat someone in a mental health crisis not as a “victim,” but a “threat?” This question plays out routinely across our nation’s institutions, including our hospitals, prisons, schools, and courtrooms.  In their day-to-day work, law enforcement officials take action over the care, [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Featured Posts, Juvenile Justice, Policy Action|0 Comments

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 [...]

Governor Signs AB 1299: “Out-of-County” Will No Longer Mean “Out-of-Luck” for Foster Youth with Mental Health Needs

On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1299 (Ridley-Thomas), “Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services for Foster Youth,” into law. This represents a significant turning point in the delivery of mental health services to foster youth in California: “out-of-county” will no longer mean “out-of-luck.” The passage of AB 1299 also demonstrates what’s possible when advocates, providers, [...]

Bill to Provide Equal Access to Mental Healthcare for Foster Youth Heads to the Governor’s Desk With Virtually Unanimous Support

On Monday, Assembly Bill 1299 (Ridley-Scott), “Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services for Foster Youth,” passed the California State Assembly and is now on its way to the Governor’s Desk. This marks a turning point in a nearly 20 year effort to ensure all foster youth have equal access to mental healthcare. Foster youth are three [...]

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 | 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 | June 13th, 2016|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Katie A., Medi-Cal, Policy Action|0 Comments

You Can’t Change Public Policy Without Leadership: Dispatches from CMHACY 2016

“Is there a discernible youth mental health policy in California?” That was the question on the minds of many mental health advocates at last week’s 2016 CMHACY (California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth) Conference in Pacific Grove, California. The consensus? Not so much. Why? Well it depends on who you ask. But two [...]

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 [...]

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 | February 11th, 2016|Featured Posts, Foster Youth, Katie A., Policy Action|0 Comments