No. 07-36009.

643 F.3d 278 (2011)

JEFF D., Paula E., John M., and Dusty R., by and though their next friend, Howard A. Belodoff, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Clement Leroy OTTER, individually and in his official capacity as Governor of the State of Idaho; Tom Luna, individually and in his official capacity as Superintendent of Public Instruction of the Idaho State Department of Education; Richard Armstrong, individually and in his capacity as Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; and Sharon Harrigfeld, individually and in her official capacity as Director of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed May 25, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Howard A. Belodoff , Boise, ID, for the plaintiffs-appellants.

Michael S. Gilmore ; James D. Carlson ; Deputy Attorneys General, Boise, ID, for the defendants-appellees.

Before: WILLIAM C. CANBY, JR., JOHN T. NOONAN, and MARSHA S. BERZON, Circuit Judges.


CANBY, Senior Circuit Judge.

The Plaintiffs, a class of indigent children who suffer from severe emotional and mental disabilities, commenced this action against Idaho state officials more than three decades ago, alleging that the officials were providing them with inadequate care in violation of their constitutional and statutory rights. In the ensuing years, the parties reached agreements intended to remedy deficiencies in care, and those agreements...

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