Funder: U.S. Department of Education; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Author: Sheila Pires, Human Service Collaborative

November 2002 | Resource Paper


Since 1995, the Health Care Reform Tracking Project has been tracking publicly financed managed care initiatives and their impact on children with mental health and substance abuse disorders and their families.

This paper describes seven managed care approaches that were identified through the Health Care Reform Tracking Project as incorporating features that hold promise for effective service delivery for children and adolescents with behavioral health treatment needs and their families. The approaches include carve-outs and integrated designs of three statewide efforts serving the total population, and four local efforts serving subsets of the population in Delaware, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin. The paper also summarizes common challenges and characteristics among the programs, as well as a list of resources.