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CHCS tackles sustainability for family youth peer support and home and community-based services through Medicaid

May 14, 2013

Last week we shared the joint CMS/SAMHSA bulletin that had us jumping for joy about the possibilities ahead for those wanting to improve (and expand) services and supports for children and youth with emotional challenges and their families. Well guess what? The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has a number of great resources they developed for states participating in the (CMS funded) CHIPRA Care Management Entity Collaborative that address sustainability for family youth peer support and home and community-based services through Medicaid. This is great information that will help further deepen your arsenal of evidence for putting into practice they types of services called for in the bulletin. Thank you CHCS for sharing these resources with the Children’s Mental Health Network!

  • Scan of state programs using Medicaid to finance family and youth peer support
    This document explores different strategies for funding formal family and youth peer support in states across the country. CHCS is currently working on the companion “how to” guide for Family Organizations that are interested in exploring how to become Medicaid providers and would be happy to share that once its completed as well. Let them know of your interest here.
  • The other resource available is the scan of case rates that explores funding strategies for several care management entities across the country ranging from Medicaid only FFS (Massachusetts) to all-inclusive case rates (Wraparound Milwaukee). 
  • All of the resources CHSC developed through CHIPRA are available on the CHCS website including their CHIPRA webinar series and a recent resource paper (for SAMHSA) written by Network faithful Sheila Pires on customizing health homes for children with serious behavioral health challenges. 

Okay Network faithful, what are you waiting for? Check out the amazing work of CHCS, do some book learnin’ and broaden the horizons of decision-makers at the local and state level.

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