As more states across the nation ramp up efforts to increase and provide access to behavioral health services for youth despite severe workforce shortages and limited funding, Hawaiian children’s behavioral health experts are looking towards recent Texas initiatives for guidance.  Panelists at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month discussed ways … Read more

At the 2023 Minnesota State of Reform Health Policy Conference, leaders in the behavioral health space met to discuss the importance of early intervention to address behavioral health conditions in children. Due to their rapid growth and development, children respond to and process traumatic events and emotional experiences in different ways than adults, which can … Read more

It was a pleasure to have Melissa Stafford Jones, director of California’s innovative Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, deliver the Opening Keynote at the 2023 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month. The initiative, launched in 2021, aims to reimagine the behavioral healthcare system for California’s youth to promote early intervention, … Read more

The Illinois School-Based Health Services program received CMS approval on April 18th, which allows the state to expand access to school-based healthcare services (SBHS) for Medicaid-enrolled children.     Currently, local education agencies can only receive federal reimbursement for services to a limited group of students who meet the state’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or … Read more

This edition features information from a recent survey of youth behavioral health, as well as recommendations from the state for how to improve the provision of such services. We also include coverage of some of the bills that have been filed for consideration this session. While some of these might not end up being considered when … Read more

The final Utah edition of “5 Things” for 2022 features Rep. Marsha Judkins’ outlook for health-related work in the upcoming 2023 legislative session, Leavitt Partners Senior Director John Poelman’s input on the status of value-based care in Utah, and some information about the Executive Appropriations Committee’s recently approved budget recommendations for FY 2023-2024. Thanks for your engagement … Read more

Last month, CalOptima Health announced its intent to partner with school districts across Orange County to improve access to preventive and early intervention behavioral health care in K-12 public schools as part of the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program (SBHIP).      The SBHIP is part of the statewide Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative … Read more

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced this week that it is accepting proposals for the MI Kids Now Mobile Response Grant Program for the grant period of Jan. 1st, 2023, to Sept. 30th, 2023.     This Request for Proposals (RFP) comes as MDHHS has announced additional funding for the expansion … Read more

Diana Ramos, MD, was appointed as California’s second-ever Surgeon General by Gov. Gavin Newsom in August. Ramos has served as Public Health Administrator at the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Center for Healthy Communities since 2021, and was a Public Health Medical Officer at CDPH from 2017 to 2021. Ramos also served as the … Read more

This is the final newsletter before Utah has a new, combined health agency; the Department of Health and Human Services is set to operationalize on July 1st. Read more about the impending merge below, as well as a push for local health department’s to have more say in how their funding is allocated, a conversation with … Read more