Early and Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment Program
Youth Advocates Eye 2020 for Revolution on Children’s Mental Health in California
There are about 6 million children enrolled in California’s Medicaid program. And although every single one of them is eligible for mental health screening and services, only four of every 100 received even one mental health visit last year.
State to Counties: EPSDT Is Still An Entitlement
California has compensated several counties retroactively for expenditures on Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT), and is assuring counties that obligations under the federally mandated program have not been dropped in their laps.
New Funding Scheme Complicates Mental Health Provision
Lead child welfare advocates in California fear that the state’s social services “Realignment,” the conversion of former state programs into a block grant for counties, will stunt the already-sluggish attempt to expand and improve mental health screening and treatment of foster youth and other poor children.