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Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare: A Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit

"This toolkit describes the efforts of the nine managed care organizations (MCOs) that participated in Improving Outcomes for Children Involved in Child Welfare: A CHCS Quality Improvement Collaborative, designed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The participating MCOs collaborated over a three-year period (January 2007 – December 2009) to identify and pilot ways to improve the process and outcomes of health care for children and youth who were involved in the child welfare system. The plans’ interventions, described in this toolkit, addressed three categories:"

  1. Access to physical and behavioral health care;
  2. Coordination of care;
  3. Appropriate use of psychotropic medications.

Click on the Medicaid Toolkit below to read more about the information above, and click on the Managed Care Map for a brief overview of what states offer youth managed care.


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