Infants, children, and youth in low-income environments and those in racial and ethnic minority groups have higher mortality and morbidity and a greater prevalence of chronic conditions than the general population. CHCS works to improve health-related outcomes in Medicaid by focusing on both preventive services and care management strategies for children with chronic illnesses, physical and developmental disabilities, and behavioral health disorders, many of whom are also involved in the children's behavioral health and juvenile justice systems. The following subtopics link to related CHCS resources and initiatives:
This technical assistance resource shares a set of common definitions and measures for improving psychotropic medication monitoring and oversight among children in foster care.
Kamala Allen and Dayana Simons presented at the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference at the University of South Florida.
This resource provides guidance to family run organizations that are considering whether to become Medicaid providers of family and youth peer support services, and uses examples from three states - Arizona, Maryland, and Rhode Island - to illustrate key aspects of this decision and process.
This webinar will explore Oregon and Rhode Island's successful efforts to develop and implement cross-system data-sharing mechanisms for better oversight and monitoring of psychotropic medication use among children and youth in foster care.
This series of resources provides stakeholders with tools and guidance for ensuring that children prescribed psychotropic medications receive appropriate assessments, treatment, and monitoring.
This Faces of Medicaid analysis examines behavioral health service use and expense among children in Medicaid to uncover opportunities to improve outcomes for this vulnerable population.
This literature review summarizes much of the existing research on family and youth peer supports for children and youth with significant mental health and/or physical health challenges. The review supports states in strengthening their Care Management Entity approach through the development and implementation of family and youth peer supports across child and adolescent serving systems.
This report explores strategies in four states to boost the effectiveness of Medicaid programs and improve care for children and families involved with child welfare.
This brief details the health care needs of children in foster care and the role of Medicaid in providing health coverage for this population.
This resource paper provides states with information about the ACA health homes provision, and opportunities to establish and tailor health homes for children with serious behavioral health challenges.
This toolkit details the work of nine managed care organizations that participated in a three-year collaborative to improve care for children in child welfare.
This toolkit shares promising practices tested by plans participating in CHCS' Collaborative on Improving Managed Care Quality for Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Needs, an initiative designed to improve care for children and youth, and the resulting impact on access, care, and avoidance of unnecessary services and costs.
During this session, speakers from Ohio and Texas will highlight their states' efforts to engage providers, case workers, families, and youth in improving the use of psychotropic medications among children in foster care.