Katie A. v. Bonta is a federal class action lawsuit against California and Los Angeles County filed in 2002 to end the practice of confining abused and neglected children with unmet mental health needs in costly hospitals and group homes instead of providing services that would enable them to stay in their homes and communities.
On September 1, 2011, after years of litigation, the state reached a settlement agreement with Plaintiffs’ counsel that provides a framework for significant improvements in access to mental health care for California’s foster youth and children at-risk of out-of-home placement. (The Los Angeles County defendants settled previously.) Effectively implemented, these system reforms, including better collaboration among child-serving agencies and providers, an individualized service array focused on keeping children and youth in their homes, and new Medi-Cal cost-sharing by the Federal government, should achieve improved outcomes for thousands of families and youths.
You can read the proposed Settlement Agreement and notice of the fairness hearing that is scheduled on the matter here.