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The new system of care in children's mental health is a result of the Jeff D. class action lawsuit and the resulting Settlement Agreement. The lawsuit began in 1980 when children were co-mingled with adults at State Hospital South (SHS). There was a lack of appropriate treatment services and educational services at SHS, as well as a  lack of community-based mental health services across Idaho. 

After many hearings over 30 years, the Court encouraged a mediation process to occur in order to identify solutions. Mediation occurred from September, 2013 through December, 2014. Key community stakeholders representing parents, advocates, private providers, representatives from the parties in the lawsuit (agencies named above) and attorneys representing the Class Members participated in these negotiations. The outcome of the process was the development of the Jeff D. Settlement Agreement. The Settlement Agreement is a high-level description of what the state agrees to do to have the lawsuit dismissed. It also describes the services that will be put into place under the new system of care. Following the court approval of the Settlement Agreement, the agency partners worked together to create the Idaho Implementation Plan, the framework for the new system of care.

Click on the links below to learn more about the YES Settlement Agreement, plans, studies and reports related to building out the new children's mental health system of care in Idaho:

Jeff D. Settlement Agreement 
What you'll find: PDF document of the Settlement Agreement and each of the Appendixes to the Settlement Agreement that describe: A: Access Model; B: Principles of Care and Practice Model; C: Services and Supports and D: Governance.

Project Documents  
What you'll find: Links to the YES Project Plan and other documents related to Communications, Quality Management Improvement and Accountability (QMIA), YES Project,Risk Management, Workforce Development and Training, and the Interagency Governance Team (IGT) (also includes IGT operations plan and minutes to monthly meetings).

Implementation Documents  
The Idaho Implementation Plan was submitted to the U.S. District Court under the Jeff D. Settlement Agreement. The purpose of this plan is to implement the Agreement, in compliance with the commitments, outcomes and exit criteria listed in the Agreement. What you'll find: Link to the 38 page Implementation Plan, and separate PDFs of each of the seven objectives included in the Project Plan: 1 - Services and Supports, 2 - Principles of Care and Practice Model, 3 - Access, 4 - Workforce Development and Sustainability, 5 - Due Process, 6 - Governance and 7 - QMIA/Quality Management.

Reports and Updates  
What you'll find: Reports related to the new system of care components, such as annual Implementation Progress, Workforce development and capacity, survey results, needs and SED prevalence, Quarterly Updates on the YES Goals and Accomplishments and information about the YES Workgroups. The following resources are available to help understand the abbreviations and/or terms used frequently in either the YES project materials above or the YES system of care.

The following resources are available to help understand the abbreviations and/or terms used frequently in either the YES project materials above or the YES system of care.

YES Project Acronyms
YES Project Terms
YES System of Care Acronyms
YES System of Care Terms to Know