CHCS - Center for Health Care Strategies

Improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of publicly financed health care

Children's Health

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:

Highlights

Data Definitions for Psychotropic Medication Oversight and Monitoring

This technical assistance resource shares a set of common definitions and measures for improving psychotropic medication monitoring and oversight among children in foster care.

CHCS Presentations at the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference

Kamala Allen and Dayana Simons presented at the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference at the University of South Florida. 

Becoming a Medicaid Provider of Family and Youth Peer Support: Considerations for Family Run Organizations

Jane Kallal, Family Involvement Center; Jane Walker, Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association; Lisa Conlan Lewis, Family Support Network of Rhode Island; Dayana Simons, CHCS; Jessica Lipper, CHCS; Sheila Pires, Human Service Collaborative

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.

Facilitating Cross-System Data Sharing for Psychotropic Medication Oversight and Monitoring

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.

Psychotropic Medication Quality Improvement Resources

This series of resources provides stakeholders with tools and guidance for ensuring that children prescribed psychotropic medications receive appropriate assessments, treatment, and monitoring.

Examining Children's Behavioral Health Service Utilization and Expenditures

Sheila Pires, Katherine Grimes, Todd Gilmer, Kamala Allen, Roopa Mahadevan, and Taylor Hendricks

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.

Family and Youth Peer Support Literature Review

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.

Making Medicaid Work for Children in Child Welfare: Examples from the Field

Sheila Pires, Human Service Collaborative, and Beth Stroul, Management and Training Innovations

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.

Medicaid and Children in Foster Care

Kamala Allen and Taylor Hendricks, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

This brief details the health care needs of children in foster care and the role of Medicaid in providing health coverage for this population.

Customizing Health Homes for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Challenges

Sheila Pires, Human Service Collaborative

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.

Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare: A Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit

Kamala D. Allen, Center for Health Care Strategies; Sheila A. Pires, Human Service Collaborative; and Roopa Mahadevan, Center for Health Care Strategies

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.

Improving Medicaid Managed Care for Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Needs: A Quality Improvement Toolkit

Kamala Allen, Center for Health Care Strategies; Sheila A. Pires, Human Service Collaborative

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.

Improving Psychotropic Medication Oversight and Monitoring: Educating and Engaging Key Stakeholders

April 2014

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.
 

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