Health / Mental Health

NCYL improves access to appropriate health and mental health services for low-income children, with a focus on the special problems faced by adolescents and at-risk youth.

Current Cases

Planned Parenthood V. Promesa Behavioral Health

February 25, 2016
The California Constitutional right to privacy protects the fundamental right of California women to retain personal control over the integrity of their bodies and to decide whether and when to parent. This Superior Court case challenges policies and practices which infringe on the constitutional privacy…

T.R. v. Dreyfus

November 14, 2014
NCYL is co-counsel in the case of T.R. v. Dreyfus, a child welfare reform class action lawsuit against the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Plaintiffs seek the establishment and implementation of a system that focuses on intensive home and community-based mental…

Katie A. v. Bontá

December 14, 2008
NCYL is co-counsel in the case of Katie A. v. Bontá, a child welfare reform class action against the California Department of Health Services (DHS), Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The plaintiffs…

Policy Work

Reproductive and Sexual Health Access for Youth in Foster Care

November 13, 2015
NCYL believes that young people in the child welfare system must have the ability to take ownership of their own bodies and reproductive decisions in order to have a fair start in life. To do so, foster youth must have access to comprehensive and complete…

Reproductive Choice and Parental Notification

February 12, 2015
NCYL believes that young people must have the ability to take ownership of their own bodies and reproductive decisions to have a fair start in life. In order to do so, NCYL believes that youth must have the ability to decide when to share sensitive…

Latest News

Reproductive Justice for Foster Youth - Impact Fund

July 13, 2016
When S.H. entered the foster care system at age twelve, she had already suffered years of sexual abuse by her stepfather. She was around seventeen and a young mother, when her county welfare agency placed her in a Promesa Behavioral Health group home. Upon arrival,…

Youth have a right to contraceptives - Vida en el Valle

June 3, 2016
Imagine for a moment that you are a vulnerable teenage girl in a situation where it is not possible or safe for you to live at home. You are here in Fresno County, which has among the state’s highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually