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Adolescent Health

Adolescence is typically a time when health care needs are low. However, low-income youth — particularly those who are involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems —often have a greater need for health services.

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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

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

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.

September 2009 Toolkits

Child Health Quality Measures: Experience from the States

On July 23, 2009, Nikki Highsmith, CHCS senior vice president, presented to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Advisory Council Subcommittee on Quality Measures for Children's Healthcare in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs.

July 2009 Staff Presentations

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

The Data Resource Center (DRC) for Child and Adolescent Health includes more than 100 standardized indicators from two extensive state-based surveys on the health and health care of children, youth, and families.
October 2005 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Promising Approaches in Behavioral Health: Managed Care Design and Financing

This paper describes seven managed care design and financing approaches that incorporate features that support effective service delivery for children and adolescents with behavioral health treatment needs and their families.
November 2002 Resource Papers

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