Feds Offer More Medicaid Support for New Congregate Model
The federal agency that oversees health care entitlements has made it easier for states to use Medicaid dollars in some large group facilities for youth in foster care.
Washington State Allowed to Exit Foster Care Lawsuit Following Reforms
Years after foster care children and their legal advocates sued the state of Washington over mental health services, a federal judge is satisfied that the state is committed to lasting changes.
Senators Propose Medicaid Exception for Congregate Foster Care
Two senators have proposed legislation that would enable states to draw Medicaid funding for foster youth living in certain residential treatment programs.
California Wants to Expand Access to Mental Health Care for Children
California has proposed plans for improved access to an array of pediatric mental health services — before children reach a crisis state.
Recommendation to Check Abuse Reports with Medicaid Based on Questionable Analysis
Last month, an inspector general report out of the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that Medicaid data can be used “to identify instances of potential child abuse or neglect.”
Amid Pandemic, A Pharma-Backed Effort to Ease Oversight on Psych Meds
As the California Assembly struggles to begin creating new laws on Monday amid the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers are being urged to select only the most vital-to-the-times bills. To contain infections that have topped 43,000 in the state, there will be masks and gloves, and people seated far from each other in cavernous hearing rooms.
Older Foster Youth Can Feel Unprepared to Navigate Mental Health Care, Study Finds
When James McIntyre left the foster care system at age 21, he said good riddance to therapy. It had never helped him much, and it felt like a chore. “Therapy was thrown at me.
Trump Budget Proposes Medicaid Exception for Some Residential Care Programs
President Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget asks Congress to allow Medicaid dollars to be spent on a newly created class of residential foster care, a move that it expects to open up half a billion dollars for mental health treatment over the next decade.