Inappropriate psychotropic medication use among children and adolescents is a high-priority issue for policymakers, particularly for children in the child welfare system. Medicaid can play a key role in reducing the inappropriate use of psychotropic medications and ensuring that children receiving these medications are being effectively monitored.
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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 accounting for disproportionate costs. These children are often served by multiple public programs, putting them at risk for fragmented or uncoordinated care, and they often experience poor health… Read more »
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