Newsom Inks Several New California Child Welfare Laws
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed off on about a dozen child welfare bills this year, including an effort to better support Native American children in the state’s child welfare system, diversion to help some parents avoid losing their children to foster care as a result of incarceration and rule changes to increase access to financial aid for foster youth in higher education.
Clocking In: The Caregivers Who Step in to Care for California’s Most Fragile Kids
Jasmine Moise picks up 2-year-old Aiden* and puts the toddler on her lap. It might simply look like a foster mother bonding with her foster son, but it’s much more serious.
Feds Experiment with Plan to Catch Child Mental Health Crises Earlier
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is testing a new approach to services for Medicaid-eligible youth aimed at catching behavioral and physical health problems earlier. CMS, which oversees the two massive health care entitlements at the Department of Health and Human Services, plans to use up to eight sites around the country to test the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) model.
Class-action Lawsuit in Arizona Seeks a ‘Remedy for All Kids in Care’
A lawsuit filed against Arizona’s child welfare and mental health systems was granted class-action status last month by a federal judge. The recent decision by U. S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver is significant because it ensures that a positive ruling in the suit will benefit all kids in the state’s foster care system.
As Repeal Push Progressed, Foster Youth Became More Exposed to Medicaid Changes
The push to replace or reform the Affordable Care Act appears to be stalled for the moment, as Republicans failed to pass a bill through the reconciliation process. Now, any substantive change will require 60 votes in the Senate, which means a bipartisan deal.
American Health Care Act Could Jeopardize High Needs Children, Families Living in Poverty
After struggling to try to have a baby and coping with the disappointment of a miscarriage, military veteran Samuel Hibben and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their son on Valentine’s Day in 2016.
Recommendations for Improving Children’s Mental Health Care in California
A new report from Young Minds Advocacy makes the case that the publicly funded mental health system for children in California needs a shake up. Released last week to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month, the report argues that California needs to adopt a comprehensive vision of children’s mental health.
Good Health Starts With Smart Screening
Imagine if a few quick questions at your child’s next check-up could unlock the door to your child having improved success in school and work, stronger personal relationships, and a healthier, happier, longer life.
California Moves Toward Mental Health Equality for Kids
Last week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released an informational notice* announcing the formula that will be used to allocate over $60 million of growth funds from the Behavioral Health Services Growth Special Account to county mental health programs in California.
Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #12: Regulating Psych Meds for Foster Youth
The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who completed congressional internships.