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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 for to read the Settlement Agreement, project plan, implementation documents, reports and updates.

Jeff D. Settlement Agreement
Project Plan
Implementation Documents
Reports and Updates

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