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Children's Behavioral Health Care Use in Medicaid: Implications for States

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • webinar

Children’s Behavioral Health Care Use in Medicaid: Implications for States
Children with behavioral health needs served by Medicaid are a complex and vulnerable population, requiring an array of services to support their health and well-being. Too often these children's needs are not met by the current fragmented system, resulting in inappropriate and inefficient care, and missed opportunities to improve outcomes. To explore this issue, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) conducted a Faces of Medicaid data analysis of behavioral health service use and expense for children in Medicaid in all 50 states. The study uncovered valuable information about behavioral and physical health service use, expense, and diagnoses; use of psychotropic medications; and patterns of service use and expense for children in foster care and children with developmental disabilities.

A 90-minute webinar, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will present the key findings from the Children's Faces of Medicaid study on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 1:00-2:30 PM ET. Participants will hear from state representatives from Georgia and Maryland regarding the relevance of the findings, and will learn how this information can inform state quality improvement efforts and policy reforms related to children's behavioral health care.


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