Nine states selected for Children’s Behavioral Health Policy Lab

Nine states selected for Children’s Behavioral Health Policy Lab

State Behavioral Health and Child Welfare Agency Officials Georgia, Kansas, kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utahand the state of Wisconsin selected to participate

Lansing, Michigan, January 31, 2024 /PRNewswire/—— Health Management Association (HMA), With the Anne E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, National Association of Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) ) and the Centene Foundation will convene the Child Behavioral Health (CBH) National Policy Laboratory, February 7-9 In Baltimore. HMA announced today the selection of nine states – Georgia, Kansas, kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utahand the state of Wisconsin – Will participate in Policy Lab. MITER, which has previously hosted relevant federal conferences, will also participate in this state conference.

This groundbreaking effort, facilitated by partner organizations, convenes state interagency teams, including child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, Medicaid and K-12 public education, to develop strategies and learn from innovators in the field and promote cross-sector collaboration. – System alignment to drive outcomes for children, youth and families.

COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing system collaboration challenges in state child welfare, behavioral health, and Medicaid, resulting in inadequate outcomes for the most vulnerable children in our communities. Most worrisome are the worsening of behavioral and physical health challenges and trauma due to uncoordinated or fragmented care. The lack of a coordinated strategy and policy has resulted in higher treatment costs and has also left states and local jurisdictions increasingly exposed to the threat or filing of class action lawsuits and related settlements or settlements resulting from Department of Justice investigations. Fortunately, federal and state governments are working and investing to address youth care systems, including schools, communities, delivery systems, and community child placement agencies.

In November, a call for applications to participate in the National Policy Lab was issued to U.S. states and territories. Applicants will need to identify demonstrated need, existing state agency governance structures focused on children and youth, technical assistance needs, and results from participation in the Policy Lab. These applications require participation from Medicaid, child welfare, and behavioral health agencies; are committed to developing sustainable interagency solutions for children, youth, and their families and must receive formal support at the governor/cabinet level.

An external independent panel reviewed applications for state agency participation using standardized rubrics covering four areas:

  • Gap and opportunity analysis
  • Partner intention
  • Ways to engage youth and adults with lived experience
  • The functioning of public institutions is at imminent risk due to adverse outcomes for children, youth and their families

The purpose of this conference is to build on existing efforts to best assist child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, Medicaid, and K-12 public education to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families and strategically address the missing components and facilitate alignment of their priorities with those of other agencies. Examples of what could be co-designed with national partners:

  • Develop a shared strategic vision for the comprehensive continuum of care, ensuring “the right services at the right time based on individual and family needs.” This vision can strengthen prevention initiatives and ensure a full range of evidence-based community interventions, including the use of crisis response and stabilization models.
  • Develop policies and strategies to improve the engagement of children, young people and families with lived experience in “the right part of the system and access to the appropriate level of care”, regardless of the door they enter into any coordinated children’s services system, while ensuring that all aspects of the system All based on fairness.

Following the event, lessons learned and findings will be disseminated to help states and counties adopt innovative solutions to improve outcomes for children, youth and their families.

For more information please email: [email protected]

SOURCE: Health Management Association

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