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Children's Behavioral Health

Multiple public agencies often have overlapping roles in children’s behavioral health services. Children with behavioral or emotional problems can benefit from coordinated care management approaches that integrate the delivery of physical and behavioral health services. CHCS works with state child welfare agencies and health plans to better integrate behavioral and physical health services and supports, with a particular focus on children in foster care.

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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. 
March 2014 Staff Presentations

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

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.
February 2014 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Developing Health Homes for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance: Considerations and Opportunities

This brief highlights health home opportunities for children with serious emotional disturbance and presents considerations to help states develop models that address this population's unique needs.
February 2014 Policy & Issue Briefs

Faces of Medicaid Data Resources

CHCS developed its Faces of Medicaid series to shed light on the complex needs of Medicaid's most challenging populations. This ongoing series of national analyses provides insights into the prevalence of specific conditions among Medicaid beneficiaries and their patterns of service use.
November 2013 Resource Papers

National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health

To support states and communities in expanding and sustaining systems of care for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health needs and their families, the Center for Health Care Strategies is serving along with nine partner organizations as the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health.
September 2013 Initiative

Effective Practices with Juvenile Justice Involved Youth

This ninety-minute webinar provided an overview of effective practices that care management entities should consider when working with this population.
July 2013 CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Webinars

Effective Practices with Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

This 90-minute webinar provided an overview of effective practices that care management entities should consider when working with this population.
July 2013 Webinar Resources

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

Using Medicaid Health Homes with Wraparound to Serve Youth Populations with Complex Behavioral Health Needs

This presentation outlines how states may be able to establish care management entities (CMEs) as health homes for children with complex behavioral health needs in the context of the Affordable Care Act's health homes provisions, and highlights resources developed by CHCS as part of the CHIPRA CME Collaborative, that may be useful in this endeavor.
January 2013 Staff Presentations

Medicaid Financing for Family and Youth Peer Support: A Scan of State Programs

This presentation highlights Medicaid coverage and financing for family and youth peer support- a key component of the care management entity (CME) model - and the experiences of two states participating in CHCS' CHIPRA CME Collaborative in implementing these services.
November 2012 Staff Presentations

Case Rate Scan for Care Management Entities

This technical assistance resource summarizes how CMEs in eight states have structured their financing approaches. It is meant to guide those who may be exploring the CME model and seeking to learn more about ways to structure case rates within this model.
October 2012 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Using Care Management Entities for Behavioral Health Home Providers: Sample Language for State Plan Amendment Development

This technical assistance resource provides sample language to help states structure their dialogue with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and submission to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the use of CMEs as behavioral health homes.
October 2012 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

CME Considerations for Serving Youth in Transition

This two hour webinar addressed what CMEs need to consider in adapting services and supports when working with transition-age youth.
June 2012 CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Webinars

Medicaid Financing for Family and Youth Peer Support: A Scan of State Programs

This technical assistance resource outlines how states across the country are designing and financing family and youth peer support programs.
May 2012 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

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

CHIPRA Webinar: CME Engagement and Work with Judges and the Court

This webinar provided an overview of best practice approaches to interactions between care management entities, and judges and the court.

March 2012 CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Webinars
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