For years, federal and local government had been waging disputes over Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) (Mental Health) services for children. What started with a federal law passed in 1989, was set to conclude with mandatory state implementation forced in California by a lawsuit settlement in 1998. This final lawsuit established Therapeutic Behavioral Services, a program FCNI would launch in our Year 12. Read more here:

We hope that you will join us over the next 30 weeks as we share the journey of the Family Care Network, highlighting our partners and collaborators who made the last 30 years of care possible.

FCNI at a Glance

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State of the State

  • Expanded Mental Health Services

    In 1997/98, the state required all counties to provide EPSDT expanded mental health services to eligible children, and 1998 California lost another lawsuit which required it to provide “Therapeutic Behavioral Services” (TBS) to all medical eligible children.

  • THPP Started

    THPP was started to fulfill another FCNI strategic objective and fill a huge services gap.

  • Finalized Adoptions Increase

    Between 1998 and 1999 alone, the number of finalized adoptions of children in foster care increased 28% , and 64% of these finalized adoptions of children in foster care were by the children's former foster parents.