AB 1849 – Request for Signature

Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 1849, a bill intended to reduce barriers to foster youth receiving uninterrupted Medi-Cal services as they exit care. YLC co-sponsored this bill.

Psychotropic sign -on letter

Letter to Senators Reid and McConnell, signed by 100 advocacy organizations, urging support of new initiative designed to encourage states and tribes to reduce the inappropriate use and over-prescription of psychotropic medications to children and youth in foster care and instead provide evidence-based psychosocial interventions.

Developmental Disabilities in California Juvenile Justice Proceedings

This is a short primer on legal issues that may come up in California juvenile delinquency cases1 involving a young person with developmental disabilities. Some are so fundamental that the case may not go forward unless threshold findings are made. Others affect the evidence that may come in during the proceedings; the path the case […]

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 Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC.) TFC provides medically necessary, cost effective services to at least 50,000 children with severe mental and behavioral health needs in a community-based […]

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 Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC.) TFC provides medically necessary, cost effective services to at least 50,000 children with severe mental and behavioral health needs in a community-based […]

CHDP Letter re Realignment

The Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care will be removed from the list of California programs to be realigned to the counties under an agreement between the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the County Welfare Directors Association. The Youth Law Center opposed realignment of the program, which provides public health nurses […]

YLC Letter to Secretary Dooley re Realignment of HCPCFC

The Youth Law Center opposed realignment of the program, which provides public health nurses to coordinate health, mental health, and dental care for children in foster care. Foster care nurses play an important role in protecting the health and safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, and […]

CDSS Letter re Realignment of the Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care

This letter is in response to Youth Law Center letter opposing realignment of the program, which provides public health nurses to coordinate health, mental health, and dental care for children in foster care. Foster care nurses play an important role in protecting the health and safety of children who have been removed from their homes […]

Marquez v. California Department of Health Petition

Marquez v California Department of Health, challenges California Medi-Cal policies that deny necessary medical care to children who have other health care coverage (OHC) when the other coverage does not provide the health care services the child needs. Medi-Cal policy requires individuals to use other available health care coverage before relying on Medi-Cal, but the […]

Rene M. v. Anderson Amended Petition

Rene M. v. Anderson was filed as a writ of mandate to require that the State monitor all California counties to ensure that children in foster care are visited regularly by caseworkers and that they receive necessary medical care. Although the state has known for more than ten years that counties are failing to protect […]

Rene M. v. Anderson Stipulated Settlement

Rene M. v. Anderson was filed as a writ of mandate to require that the State monitor all California counties to ensure that children in foster care are visited regularly by caseworkers and that they receive necessary medical care. Although the state has known for more than ten years that counties are failing to protect […]

SB 114 Fact Sheet

SB 114 will simplified the process for former foster youth to maintain their Medi-Cal eligibility.

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 of the project and presents key project findings, recommendations and immediate next steps. The recommendations and immediate next steps, which address both policy and […]

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) requiring states to suspend—rather than terminate—Medicaid benefits for youth in juvenile facilities. This issue arises out of YLC work on Improving Access to […]