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Does a Video Chat Referral Process Help Families with Children Who Have Medicaid to Initiate Mental Health Care?

Year: 2019

Nearly 80 percent of children who have Medicaid and mental health problems don’t get the care they need. To begin care, families must go through a complex referral process that can be hard for them to finish. In this study, the research team developed a video chat referral process to help families with children who have Medicaid get mental health care. In this new process, health centers took a more active role in helping families start the referral process. The team wanted to learn if more families got through the referral process after video chat referrals than families who had usual referrals.