California settles lawsuit over child mental health

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A Los Angeles judge has approved a settlement that will provide mental health services to foster children and at-risk children under Medi-Cal.

U.S. District Court Judge A. Howard Matz approved the settlement Monday, bringing to a close a longstanding complaint that was filed in 2002.

Advocates had alleged the state failed to provide mental health services to children in foster care or at risk of being removed from their families.

Under the settlement, the state must provide two types of Medi-Cal covered mental health services, intensive home-based services and intensive care coordination to certain children under Medicaid.

The settlement also requires the state to increase coordination among state and local agencies to improve its system of care for providing mental health services to foster children.

San Francisco Chronicle, 12-5-11


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