A December fairness hearing will allow individuals who will be affected by the Kids’ Community-based Mental Health lawsuit to give feedback to the Court. A proposed final settlement, agreed upon by attorneys for youth and the state of Washington, outlines delivery of intensive in-home treatment to youth who use the state?s Medicaid insurance system. The settlement agreement, if implemented, would set into motion a five-year plan to transform Medicaid mental health for children and youth in Washington.
The court has preliminarily approved the settlement agreement. Now the court wants to hear from you before making a final decision about the settlement. There are 3 ways you can let the court know what you think about the Proposed Settlement Agreement and Plaintiffs? request for attorney fees:
1. Attend the December 19, 2013 Fairness Hearing in Seattle
December 19, 2013 at 10:00 am
United States Courthouse
700 Stewart Street, 15th floor
Seattle, WA 98101
2. Submit written comments to Disability Rights of Washington*:
When: no later than Thursday, December 5, 2013
Where: mail or email
Disability Rights Washington
315 5th Ave. S., Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104
*Any comments received by Disability Rights Washington, or any listed class counsel in this case, will be provided to the Court. If you need accommodations to provide comments, please call DRW at 1-800-562-2702.
3. Submit written comments directly to the Honorable Judge, Thomas Zilly*
When: no later than Thursday, December 5, 2013.
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Seattle
Office of the Clerk of the Court
700 Stewart St., Ste. 15229
Seattle, WA 98101
*The first page of comments to Judge Zilly must be labeled with the case number, ?C09-1677 TSZ.?
For more information about the content of the proposed settlement agreement and request for fees or how to provide input to Judge Zilly, contact DRW at 1-800-562-2702, or at trlawsuit(at)dr-wa.org. After the fairness heaing, the Judge can decide whether or not to formally approve the settlement.
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