Limited access to mental health services for children is a well-recognized national problem. The authors suggest that while increasing the supply of providers is a challenge, a demand side approach offers a promising strategy to addressing access issues. Preventing the development or reducing the severity of child and adolescent emotional disorders hold great promise as cost-effective ways to reduce the demand for scarce services, they write.
Nearly half of children with special health care needs rely on Medicaid. Edwin Park of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides an analysis of the consequences of changing Medicaid to a block grant program.
Families from around California gathered in Sacramento February 27-28 for the 15th annual Family Voices of California Health Summit and Legislative Day. Presenters at the Summit included elected officials, community and agency leaders, as well as parent advocates. On Legislative Day, families and their children fanned out through the Capitol to visit legislators' offices and make the case for needed changes in the health care system.
Improving care coordination for children with special health care needs and their families is the goal of two grants awarded March 1 by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. Researchers from Children's Hospital Buffalo will design a family-centered system of care coordination for children with medical complexity, and Health Management Associates will examine states that have made progress toward inter-agency collaboration.