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BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has
revived a lawsuit against Idaho over substandard childrens' mental
The ruling, handed down Wednesday morning, means the Jeff D.
lawsuit will go back before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in
Boise's federal court.
The case began decades ago when a little boy known only as Jeff
D. sued the state for institutionalizing mentally ill children
instead of providing care for them. Jeff D. won, and several years
ago the court settled on 250 action items _ a to-do list of sorts _
that the state had to complete in order to be in compliance with
The appellate court found that setting a list of action items
wasn't enough to show kids were getting the care they needed.