Funder: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Author: Sheila A. Pires and Roopa Mahadevan, Center for Health Care Strategies*
March 2017 | Brief
Although children who use behavioral health services represent a small portion of the overall Medicaid population, Medicaid programs are a major source of funding for children’s behavioral health care.
This data brief, made possible through support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is an update to CHCS’ national analysis of 2005 Medicaid claims data for children’s behavioral health. It highlights children’s behavioral health care service utilization and expenditures based on 2008 Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) data. The analysis may provide helpful insights to guide improvements in care coordination, delivery, and financing for this vulnerable population.