Court Holds Status Conference on New Services
On July 28, 2009, the Court held another periodic conference to review the status of implementation. Prior to the hearing, the defendants filed a detailed semi-annual report on the status of all of their activities under the Judgment. The plaintiffs submitted their status report, which included comments on the accomplishments and challenges of the implementation process and which identified several pending disputes concerning care coordinator caseload limits, authorization procedures by managed care entities (MCEs), inclusion of children in Medicaid expansion populations, and the availability of a meaningful appeal process for families. The parties discussed their respective views on the status of implementation, and the Court asked many questions concerning screening, assessments, the new Community Service Agencies (CSAs), the new remedial services, and the approval process for these services.