Funder: Annie E. Casey Foundation, with additional support from the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health at the University of Maryland*
Author: Sheila A. Pires, Human Service Collaborative, and Jamila McLean and Kamala Allen, Center for Health Care Strategies
July 2018 | Report
Medicaid is a significant source of funding for behavioral health care for children and youth in the United States. However, there are few national analyses examining behavioral health care being used by children in Medicaid.
The Children’s Faces of Medicaid Data Series, funded principally by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is designed to address the limited information available on how expenditures are distributed across service types and how patterns of behavioral health care use and expense differ for children covered by Medicaid across aid categories, age groups, gender, and race and ethnicity.
Now in its third edition, the 2018 study examines Medicaid utilization and expenditure claims data for roughly 32 million children and youth who received Medicaid-financed services in 2011.