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.

July 14, 2016

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why caring for kids in the child welfare system is challenging.

  2. 2

    The behavioral health needs of children in care.

  3. 3

    What types of behavioral health services these kids should receive.

  4. 4

    The role of Medicaid in supporting these services for kids in care.

Key Takeaway

Introducing four big rules for child welfare directors to keep in mind

This paper shares a simple four-rule check to help determine if a child in foster care can access Medicaid services. The child must be: 1) enrolled in Medicaid; 2) meeting the medical necessity criteria for the service in question; 3) accessing a service that is covered and reimbursable by Medicaid and included in the state’s Medicaid State Plan; and 4) using a provider who is credentialed, licensed, actively participating in Medicaid, and able to deliver care in accordance with the Medicaid State Plan. 

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