On September 23, 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) entered a new settlement in the 2002 Katie A. v. Bontá class action lawsuit; the settlement calls for the county to significantly increase access to intensive specialty services to address the mental health needs of youth involved with or at risk of involvement with the child welfare system. The county made a number of commitments to implement new treatment options over the next nine months to ensure that foster children can remain in their current homes and communities. If approved by the court . . .
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