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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 [...]

Highlights from Recent Youth Mental Health Policy Forum: “Building a True System of Care”

By Annabelle Gardner, Director of Communications On January 8th, Lincoln Child Center in Oakland hosted a mental health policy forum aimed at developing state and federal legislative proposals for improving mental health services for families and youth in California. The forum featured a panel of legislators, policy makers, agency leaders, and mental health advocates. Panelists [...]

In California, Business As Usual: Foster Youth Are Left Waiting

By Patrick Gardner, Director Articles by the Chronicle of Social Change have described a long-standing problem wherein many children who are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect are provided inadequate access to mental health care. That’s because California’s county-run mental health system will not effectively deliver mental health care to children who [...]

By | September 11th, 2015|Featured Posts, Out-Of-County, Policy Action|0 Comments

News for the Week of August 31, 2015

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 automatically, every Friday! More Californians Prepared [...]

By | September 11th, 2015|The Weekly Mash Up|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 | September 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 | September 11th, 2015|Featured Posts|0 Comments

News for the Week of July 13, 2015

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 automatically, every Friday! Mental Health Workforce [...]

By | August 7th, 2015|The Weekly Mash Up|0 Comments

Thousands Of Young People Likely Affected By “Out-Of-County” Barriers To Care

Foster youth placed “out-of-county” face significant barriers to accessing needed mental health services. Analysis of recent child welfare and mental health data demonstrates that children within this vulnerable population are more than six times less likely to receive intensive home and community-based services than foster youth served in-county placements. Young Minds’ president Patrick Gardner breaks [...]

By | January 21st, 2015|Featured Posts, Out-Of-County, Policy Action|0 Comments

Equal Access to Mental Healthcare Still Eludes Foster Youth Placed “Out-Of-County”

California's Social Services and Mental Health Agencies Pledge Action at Child Welfare Council Roughly one-in-five young people in California’s foster care system are transferred between counties after entering care. Even though as many as two-thirds or more of these youth have heightened mental health needs, data show that they often wait months, or even years, [...]