Physical and behavioral health problems are critical issues in the child welfare population. As many as two-thirds of children entering foster care have behavioral or emotional problems. Access to physical and behavioral health services for children in foster care varies drastically across the country, with some youth receiving too much and disjointed care and others receiving too little care. Furthermore, Medicaid’s costs for physical and behavioral health services for these high-needs children are disproportionately large relative to the population’s share of Medicaid enrollment.
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is seeking to improve the delivery of physical and mental health care for children in child welfare through a Best Clinical and Administrative Practices workgroup for Improving Outcomes for Children Involved in Child Welfare. This 24-month national collaborative invites up to 15 managed care organizations to develop and pilot promising approaches to meet the health and behavioral care needs of children and youth in the child welfare system.
Participating organizations will receive:
- Expert technical assistance provided by CHCS staff and consultants
- Access to a peer-learning network through the workgroup process
- A travel stipend covering transportation, accommodations, and meals for two team members.
Participation in this initiative is open to managed care entities (MCO, HMO, ASO, BHO) providing general medical and/or behavioral health services to the child welfare population under a Medicaid-funded managed care program.