Mental health needs

Letter from Jennifer Rodriguez to Commissioner Sanders

Letter from Jennifer Rodriguez to Commissioner Sanders appearing as an appendix to final report of CECAMF MORE

Fact Sheet: Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Key Findings and Recommendations of the report: Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities MORE

Senate panel examines why California foster system addicted to psychiatric drugs

Article about February 24, 2015 hearing before the Human Services Committee about the over-use of psychotropic medications on foster youth. MORE

Trauma and the Environment of Care in Juvenile Institutions

This article is about trauma and the environment of care – the way detention itself and conditions of confinement affect youth, and some of the things that can be done to mitigate it. This is one o... MORE

Mental Health Issues in California's Juvenile Justice System

Youth Law Center's work on placement delay was cited in this Berkeley Center on Criminal Justice Policy Brief, Mental Health Issues in California’s Juvenile Justice System (May 2010). The Policy Bri... MORE

January 12, 2010, Letter to Nancy Pelosi Re: Suspending Rather than Terminating Medicaid

YLC has signed on with other state and national organizations to urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to include in final health care legislation a provision in the House-passed bill (H.R. 3962, §1729) re... MORE

Senator Debbie Stabenow's Amendment re TFC

The Youth Law Center joined with over 35 national child welfare and mental organizations to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for introducing an amendment to ensure that Medicaid coverage includes Therape... MORE

Thank You Letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow Re Medicaid Coverage Amendment

The Youth Law Center joined with over 35 national child welfare and mental organizations to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for introducing an amendment to ensure that Medicaid coverage includes Therape... MORE

Incompetent Youth in California Juvenile Justice

This article offers a vehicle for discussion of California juvenile incompetence to stand trial.  It begins with an overview of the California juvenile justice system and a profile of youth in juveni... MORE

Youth of Color and MHSA Prevention and Early Intervention

Article about why it is critical that the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Guidelines be written flexibly enough to permit the use of funds for youth who may be past the front door of juvenile ... MORE

Improving Access to Medi-Cal for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

This is the final report for a multi-year effort, funded by The California Endowment, to improve Medi-Cal coverage for youth in the California juvenile justice system. The report covers the activities... MORE

What Defenders Can Do to Reduce Placement Delay/Placement Failure

National Juvenile Defender Summit handout focusing on youth with serious mental health needs. MORE

Difficult to Place: Youth with Mental Health Needs in California Juvenile Justice

This report presents the findings of Youth Law Center's research into placement issues for juvenile justice youth with mental health needs in 10 California counties.  The focus of the research was yo... MORE

Morris v. Harper (Wilber v. Cate) Peremptory Writ of Mandamus

This lawsuit was filed in May 2000, challenging the failure of the California Youth Authority (now the Division of Juvenile Justice) to license its inpatient medical and mental health services as requ... MORE

Morris v. Harper (Wilber v. Cate) Statement of Decision

This lawsuit was filed in May 2000, challenging the failure of the California Youth Authority (now the Division of Juvenile Justice) to license its inpatient medical and mental health services as requ... MORE

Morris v. Harper (Wilber v. Cate) Petition for Writ

This lawsuit was filed in May 2000, challenging the failure of the California Youth Authority (now the Division of Juvenile Justice) to license its inpatient medical and mental health services as requ... MORE

Mental Health Issues Facing Adolescents in the Juvenile Justice System: Part I - The Lack of Mental Health Resources, Part II - Prosecution of Juveniles as Adults

Part I explores the lack of mental health resources and services for youth in the system, and Part II discusses the mental health impact of increased prosecution of juveniles as adults (and consequent... MORE

Willie M. v. Hunt Judgment and Order

Willie M. v. Hunt was a federal civil rights lawsuit that challenged the state's failure to provide adequate community-based treatment facilities for children labeled 'violent' or 'aggressive.' Prior ... MORE

Willie M. v. Hunt Complaint

Willie M. v. Hunt was a federal civil rights lawsuit that challenged the state's failure to provide adequate community-based treatment facilities for children labeled 'violent' or 'aggressive.' Prior ... MORE