Impact Litigation 2016-11-17T17:25:45+00:00



Impact Litigation

We use impact litigation to increase access to in-home and community-based mental healthcare for thousands of young people in California and other Western states. Access to in-home and community-based services (IHCBS) and supports, also known as “Wraparound”, allow youth to live and thrive in their own homes and communities rather than in institutions or hospitals.

Using the law to advocate for youth gives us a unique advantage in driving change. We are able to continue to fight for young people and their families; even after all other advocacy efforts have been exhausted.

Our impact litigation efforts include:

  • Serving as co-counsel in three class-action lawsuits
  • Working collaboratively with state and local agencies and community stakeholders to implement settlement agreement provisions
  • Ensuring accountability of state and local agencies in the roll-out of services
  • Providing trainings to local organizations regarding service arrays and implementation

Current Cases

Latest Blog Posts

WMU: Screen Time. Menace or Scapegoat?; Psych Meds Suit Moves Forward

January 25th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

“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

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

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