This report, written as a practical guide for child welfare directors, outlines ways to partner with Medicaid to sustain or enhance high-quality services for children with behavioral health care needs.
Introducing four big rules for child welfare directors to keep in mind
Findings & Stats
Complex and Costly
When it comes to receiving behavioral health services through Medicaid, kids in foster care are seven times more expensive than their general population peers.
Medicaid is federal-state partnership that pays for a variety of health services — including behavioral health services — for low-income kids and youth.
During new foster care placements, child welfare agencies should consider each child’s behavioral health needs and strive to protect any active medical relationships, if possible.
Statements & Quotations
Children involved with the child welfare system require the same services that all children served through Medicaid require: high quality, effective services that are available in homes and community settings as well as in traditional clinic-based settings.
Medicaid is the most consistent, comprehensive, and sustainable financing mechanism to meet the behavioral health needs of children involved with the child welfare system.
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