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.
Why caring for kids in the child welfare system is challenging.
The behavioral health needs of children in care.
What types of behavioral health services these kids should receive.
The role of Medicaid in supporting these services for kids in care.
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.