States are increasingly turning to managed care to provide publicly financed health services to low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. While the impact of a managed care-based health system on individuals with special needs is still not entirely known, states are moving forward, developing and evaluating ways to enhance the quality of care for children and adolescents with chronic illnesses, physical and developmental disabilities, behavioral health (i.e., mental health and/or substance abuse) disorders, and those involved in the children's behavioral health and juvenile justice systems.
The goal of the Children in Managed Care (CIMC) program is to make public child-serving systems become better coordinated and more effective as the use of managed care within those systems becomes more prevalent, and more family-centered.
CIMC provides funding to support a variety of technical assistance efforts including Purchasing Institutes, training consultations, and policy papers for states' child-serving agencies and other key constituencies. CIMC employs a three-pronged strategy: special projects, technical assistance and targeted grantmaking.