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 — generally covered by Medicaid — are more likely to use behavioral health services, including psychotropic medications.
How likely? A new infographic from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) contrasts the differences between behavioral health care use and expense for a typical Medicaid-enrolled child and a child in foster care. The differences are striking.
The infographic is based on the Center for Health Care Strategies’ national analysis of children’s behavioral health care use in Medicaid. It highlights key findings and several opportunities for policymakers to consider in improving behavioral health care access, quality, and cost-effectiveness for children in foster care.
For more information, see:
- Fact Sheet: Medicaid Behavioral Health Care Use among Children in Foster Care
- Resource Compendium: Children’s Faces of Medicaid Resources
Look for CHCS this week at the Georgetown Institutes 2014 — the premier conference on children’s mental health — where we are hosting a number of workshops and a poster session.