For families of children with special health care needs, depending on managed care organizations can be worrisome, especially when their children require expensive and/or unusual services. A new study examines the approaches taken by three states, including California, to assuring that children with special health care needs are known to their managed care organization and that their needs are assessed so that appropriate care can be provided.
Dr. Mark Edelstein oversees mental health treatment and social services for some of California’s most troubled kids. With his staff at EMQ FamiliesFirst, Edelstein works to keep children with significant mental health issues in their communities – an important task at a time when the rate of mental health-related hospitalizations of California children and youth is rising.
As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented, some California children and families will see changes to their health care plans and new opportunities for coverage. New issue briefs from the Insure the Uninsured Project examine the changes and explore how the State might alter existing programs and services to better serve children.
From her position as director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs in the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Bonnie Strickland takes a national perspective on our fragmented system of care and steps that might be taken to improve it.
The US Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) recently announced plans to transform the way it administers funds that support maternal and child health programs in the states. At least one-third of these funds, administered through Title V Block Grants, are earmarked for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). In California, Title V supports the California Children’s Services (CCS) program.
Ideas on how to improve care coordination in California came flying fast when 18 members of the California Community Care Coordination Collaborative (5Cs) met on Jan. 9, 2014. Learn about the progress of seven local coalitions working throughout the state to improve care coordination locally and at the system level.