Kids' community-based mental health
Next Training: Thursday November 21. 2013 in Tacoma, from 3 - 5 p.m. More information here.
DRW worked with ten plaintiffs, all under age 21, to stand for youth across Washington for intensive mental health services. DRW, the National Health Law Program, Perkins Coie, the Young Minds Advocacy Project and the National Center for Youth Law filed a civil rights, class action lawsuit on their behalf.
September 27, 2013: Hearing to collect kids' mental health lawsuit input
A December fairness hearing will allow individuals who will be affected by the Kids' Community-based Mental Health lawsuit to give feedback to the Court. A proposed final settlement, agreed upon by attorneys for youth and the state of Washington, outlines delivery of intensive in-home treatment to youth who use the state’s Medicaid insurance system. The settlement agreement, if implemented, would set into motion a five-year plan to transform Medicaid mental health for children and youth in Washington.
The court has preliminarily approved the settlement agreement. Now the court wants to hear from you before making a final decision about the settlement. There are 3 ways you can let the court know what you think about the Proposed Settlement Agreement and Plaintiffs’ request for attorney fees:
1. Attend the December 19, 2013 Fairness Hearing in Seattle
When: December 19, 2013 at 10:00 am
Where: United States Courthouse
700 Stewart Street, 15th floor
Seattle, WA 98101
2. Submit written comments to Disability Rights of Washington*:
When: no later than Thursday, December 5, 2013
Where: mail or email
Disability Rights Washington
315 5th Ave. S., Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104
*Any comments received by Disability Rights Washington, or any listed class counsel in this case, will be provided to the Court. If you need accommodations to provide comments, please call DRW at 1-800-562-2702.
3. Submit written comments directly to the Honorable Judge, Thomas Zilly*
When: no later than Thursday, December 5, 2013.
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Seattle
Office of the Clerk of the Court
700 Stewart St., Ste. 15229
Seattle, WA 98101
*The first page of comments to Judge Zilly must be labeled with the case number, “C09-1677 TSZ.”
For more information about the content of the proposed settlement agreement and request for fees or how to provide input to Judge Zilly, contact DRW at 1-800-562-2702, or at trlawsuit(at)dr-wa.org. After the fairness heaing, the Judge can decide whether or not to formally approve the settlement.
August 29, 2013: Proposed settlement filed in federal court: Systemic overhaul of Medicaid for youth with mental illness
A proposed final settlement, agreed upon by attorneys for youth plaintiffs and the state of Washington, outlines delivery of intensive in-home treatment to youth who use the state’s Medicaid insurance system. This agreement must now be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly. If approved, it would set into motion a five-year plan to transform Medicaid mental health for children and youth in Washington.
Those who would be affected by this class action lawsuit are welcome to give input to the court, while it considers approval of this agreement. For more information about how to provide input to Judge Zilly, read the notice and settlement or contact DRW at 1-800-562-2702, or at trlawsuit(at)dr-wa.org.
March 7, 2012: Interim agreement reached in Kids' Mental Health litigation
Thirteen months of negotiation with Washington State yields a collaborative agreement to suspend litigation, and build a framework of mental health system reform for children and youth on Medicaid.
July 2010 - Kids' Mental Health lawsuit obtains class action certification
The judge certified that the ten plaintiffs in the Kids' Mental Health litigation represent a broader class, which means changes to the mental health system that benefit these youth will also benefit youth throughout Washington who are unable to access mental health care through Medicaid.
November 2009 - Kids' Mental Health lawsuit filed
After numerous, repeated complaints and a lengthy investigation, DRW worked with ten plaintiffs, all under age 21, diagnosed with significant mental health conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. DRW, the National Health Law Program, Perkins Coie and the National Center for Youth Law filed a civil rights, class-action lawsuit on their behalf.