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Pathways to Well-Being (Katie A.)

Katie A v. Bonta refers to a class action lawsuit filed in federal district court in 2002 concerning the availability of intensive mental health services to children in California who are either in foster care or at imminent risk of coming into care. A settlement agreement was reached in the case in December 2011, and child welfare and mental health leaders from state and local levels are working together to establish a sustainable framework for the provision of an array of services that occur in community settings and in a coordinated manner.

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Settlement Agreement & Manuals: 

 

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Foundations of Behavioral Health: Partnering to Serve the Mental Health Needs of Children in Child Welfare 

The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) developed an e-learning module that offers an overview of California’s public children’s mental health system that is extremely helpful for child welfare practitioners and others.  The e-learning module was funded through a contract with the California Department of Health Care Services.
More information here