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.
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