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Access to Mental Health Services for Foster Children Placed Out of County
Observations and Recommendations

The question of how to effectively, equitably, and efficiently provide mental health services to foster youth placed across county lines (“out-of-county” foster children) is not a new one. California’s county-based system of mental health service delivery poses particular challenges for providing mental health services to this out-of-county population. The barriers faced vary from county to county depending on the unique characteristics of that county’s foster youth population, as well as the  county’s placement practices, service capacity, and many other factors.