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$90 MILLION TO BE SPENT FOR KIDS' MENTAL HEALTH.



Byline: TROY ANDERSON

Staff Writer

In settling a federal lawsuit that grew out of the closure of a county foster care center, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to spend $90 million on a court-ordered plan to improve mental health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract  for children in danger of being removed from their homes.

The county intends to recruit and train up to 300 specialized foster parents to care for children with mental health problems and expand the "wraparound Wraparound

A financing device that permits an existing loan to be refinanced and new money to be advanced at an interest rate between the rate charged on the old loan and the current market interest rate.
" program to provide intensive services to up to 1,250 families in their homes to help keep their children out of foster care.

"I think this is a real opportunity to improve the lives of these kids," board Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948) is a Los Angeles County politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1975 until 1994, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was preceded in both offices by Edmund D. Edelman.  said. "I know it's going to cost more money, but it allows us to intervene in these kids' lives early and set them on the right course to restore their lives." The failure to intervene at this stage could destroy their lives."

The class-action suit Noun 1. class-action suit - a lawsuit brought by a representative member of a large group of people on behalf of all members of the group
class action
, known as "Katie A." for its lead plaintiff, was first filed by several public-interest law firms This list of the world's largest law firms by revenue is taken from The Lawyer and The American Lawyer and is ordered by 2006 revenue:[1]
  1. Clifford Chance, £1,030.2m – International law firm (headquartered in the UK);
  2. Linklaters, £935.
 in 2002, alleging that children were receiving substandard mental health care. The lawsuit followed the closure of MacLaren's Children Center, the county's El Monte El Monte (ĕl mŏn`tē), city (1990 pop. 106,209), Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1912. A residential, industrial, and commercial city in the San Gabriel Valley, El Monte manufactures furniture, electronic equipment, semiconductors,  shelter for the most troubled foster children. Since the county settled the case in 2002, a court-appointed panel has overseen a plan to improve mental health services.

At the time the shelter was closed, county officials promised to set up home-like regional centers to care for these children, but those centers were never set up. Since then, children's advocates have expressed concerns about the well-being of these children.

Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach, city (1990 pop. 32,063), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1912. It is a residential and beach community with an oil refinery and nearby factories that produce transportation and electrical equipment, computers, and pottery.  attorney Sanford Jossen, who previously sued the county over its treatment of children at MacLaren, said the public interest law firms that filed the lawsuit collected more than $500,000 in attorneys fees, but the children have received little benefit.

Kimberly Lewis, a staff attorney at the Western Center for Law and Poverty who worked on the lawsuit, said the board's vote to spend $90 million is a good first step in improving services to the 40,000 children in foster homes and at risk of entering the child-protection system.

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