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Child Welfare

Children in the child welfare system are at significant risk for poor health and social outcomes. CHCS is working with states, health plans, and community organizations to improve the physical and behavioral health outcomes for these children by increasing coordination of care, implementing electronic medical records, and identifying best practices in behavioral health pharmacy management.

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Quality of Care Measures for the Use of Psychotropic Medication Among Children in Foster Care: A Preview of the Work of the PMQIC Data Workgroup

This webinar will describe the work and results of this process, which may help other states in their own efforts to determine key measures to track and how to define them.
July 2013 Psychotropic Medications and Foster Care Webinars

Models of Agency Consent for Psychotropic Medications for Children and Youth in Child Welfare

This webinar offered "how-tos" on agency consent for psychotropic medications for children in foster care, highlighting three state models that rely on medical expertise to inform consent decisions.
June 2013 Psychotropic Medications and Foster Care Webinars

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

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.
June 2013 Reports

Models of Agency Consent for Psychotropic Medications for Children and Youth in Child Welfare

This webinar offered "how-tos" on agency consent for psychotropic medications for children in foster care, highlighting three state models that rely on medical expertise to inform consent decisions.
June 2013 Webinar Resources

Medicaid and Children in Foster Care

This brief details the health care needs of children in foster care and the role of Medicaid in providing health coverage for this population.
March 2013 Policy & Issue Briefs

Innovative Practices: Creating Environments to Help Youth Thrive – A Health Care Perspective

Kamala Allen's presentation at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute LEAD Conference - Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children and Youth in Washington, DC, focused on health care innovations at the state-level that can help children and youth in foster care with serious behavioral health needs to thrive.
January 2013 Staff Presentations

Six States to Participate in National Initiative to Improve the Use of Psychotropic Medications among Children in Foster Care

Initiative will assist states in addressing the misuse of psychotropic medications in this population of children in child welfare.

April 2012 Press Releases

Improving the Use of Psychotropic Medication among Children and Youth in Foster Care: A Quality Improvement Collaborative

Six states are participating in this CHCS collaborative to improve the prescribing, monitoring, and oversight of psychotropic medications among children and youth in foster care.

April 2012 Initiative

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

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.

February 2012 Toolkits

Health Screening and Assessment for Children and Youth Entering Foster Care: State Requirements and Opportunities

This issue brief reports on a 50-state survey conducted by CHCS to understand child welfare agency requirements for health screenings and assessments upon a child's removal from the home. Findings suggest significant opportunities for states to strengthen requirements in support of improvements in health outcomes and related costs for the high-risk foster care population.

November 2010 Policy & Issue Briefs

Medicaid Managed Care for Children in Child Welfare

This issue brief examines the complex physical and behavioral health care needs and associated costs for children in child welfare and outlines critical opportunities and challenges within Medicaid to better manage care for this high-risk, high-cost population.

April 2008 Policy & Issue Briefs

The Use of Psychotropic Medications for Children Involved in Child Welfare

During this webinar, participants heard from Dr. Peter Jensen about evidence-based and promising practices related to the use of psychotropic medication among children involved in child welfare.

February 2008 Webinar Resources

Improving Outcomes for Children Involved in Child Welfare

January 2007 - December 2009

January 2007 Initiative

Improving Managed Care for Children in Child Welfare Fact Sheets

This series of four fact sheets was created for those who are seeking to improve the care provided by managed care organizations to meet the physical and behavioral health care needs of children and youth involved in the child welfare system.
September 2006 Fact Sheets

Financing and Contracting Practices in Child Welfare Initiatives and Medicaid Managed Care

This publication details the findings of CWLA's studies on financing of child welfare and Medicaid managed care reforms. Many of the promising trends found in the child welfare initiatives were also found in Medicaid managed care reforms, particularly in carve-out designs.
September 2004 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools
 

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