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Why mental health services must be kept separate

Since February, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been studying a proposal to create a mega health care agency that would oversee the Departments of Health, Mental Health, and Public Health, driven by the goal to provide an…

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Hopeful signs for LA County children yet even one death is too many

There is no need to be baffled by what has been accomplished in the last year. Even though all the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission, a committee appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to improve the child welfare system, have not been fully implemented, they outline how the deaths of children in the care of DCFS can be further reduced and hopefully eliminated.

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2015 is the Time for Renewed Focus on the Ailing LA County Child Welfare System

The Los Angeles Times reported recently that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has renewed its commitment to addressing the recommendations of the much-anticipated report by a Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection. This renewed attention by the Supervisors on this issue so soon in the new year may seem like a New Year’s resolution. We can only hope that it will not have the same fate as many New Year’s resolutions that fail because of a lack of will or commitment.

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Why LA County Must Opt In to Fund Relative Caregivers

I read recently that the average cost to bring up a child is about $250,000. No one would deny that our children are worth every penny, but it’s quite a sobering number for anyone considering taking on the responsibility of…

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If you see something, say something

This week on Tuesday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to establish a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in light of the recent death of a child in its care….

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