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:
FCNI at a Glance
Number of Programs
Children, Youth and Families Served
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 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.