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Addressing Risky Substance Use in Adolescents: A Conversation with a Pediatrician

While experimentation with drugs and alcohol is often characteristic of the adolescent years, there are many risks associated with this behavior. Not only are adolescents more vulnerable to ... more

August 13 2019
Integrating Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families: Considerations and New Opportunities

During my time working in the Vermont state government — close to two decades — integrating services for children, youth, and families was a key focus for creating a system that is suppo... more

April 10 2019
Data Update: Children’s Behavioral Health Care Use in Medicaid

Children in Medicaid with behavioral health needs are one of the program’s most vulnerable populations — representing a small percentage of the overall Medicaid child population, but acc... more

April 26 2017
Psychotropic Medication Consultation Can Help Kids Get Better Behavioral Health Care

Where children live plays a large part in the type of health care they receive. In particular, psychiatric services for children are unevenly distributed across the U.S., with children in ru... more

June 9 2016
Too Many, Too Much, Too Young: Reducing Inappropriate Psychotropic Prescribing for Children and Youth in Foster Care

There is currently a much-needed national spotlight on the high rates of psychotropic medication use among children and youth in foster care, most of whom receive health coverage through Med... more

April 17 2015
Appropriate Psychotropic Rx for Children in Foster Care: Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner Perspectives

For the past three years, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has been working with six states – Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont – in a collabo... more

October 10 2014
From New Jersey: Strategies to Support Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Needs

What can parents do when their teenage son threatens his siblings with a knife? Whom do they call for help? How about when their 11-year-old daughter disengages from her family, friends, an... more

September 3 2014
A Striking Contrast: Behavioral Health Care for Children in Foster Care vs. the General Medicaid Child Population

It is widely recognized that children and youth in the US foster care system are at high-risk for significant behavioral health challenges. As a result, these children and youth -- generall... more

July 17 2014