National Center for Youth Law

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JK v. Eden

A decade ago, lawyers representing Arizona’s Medicaid-eligible children filed JK v. Dillenberg , a class-action lawsuit seeking improved access to behavioral health care. On June 26, 2001, federal District Court Judge John Roll approved, in the words of Arizona Governor Jane Hull, an “historic” settlement to the case. The agreement commits the state of Arizona to a wholesale redevelopment of its children’s behavioral health system according to a set of principles that put child and family needs first.