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State to boost care for Medicaid youths

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In what all sides hailed as a landmark agreement, the state of Washington has agreed to fundamentally change the way it provides mental-health care to the most troubled children and youth who qualify for Medicaid.

The settlement, which calls for intensive in-home and community-based care, was reached Thursday between the state and attorneys who filed a class-action lawsuit in 2009. The federal suit alleged the state wasn’t providing sufficient care for young people at risk for being placed out of their homes because of mental illness or emotional disorders.

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