Bills to Strengthen Use of Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Introduced

On Tuesday Capitol Hill was also the setting for a briefing on the reintroduction of the Family-based Foster Care Services Act of 2015. The legislation, S 429 and HR 835, would clarify in Medicaid policy the definition of therapeutic foster care that is consistent and could be applied through all the states.

TFC is an evidence-based clinical intervention delivered through […]

Panel Discusses Treatments and Medication for Children in Foster Care

A Tuesday, February 10 congressional briefing entitled, Reducing Overreliance on Psychotropics and Increasing Use of Psychosocial Treatments for Children and Youth in Foster Care focused attention on the need for stronger treatment options for children in foster care. The briefing was cosponsored by First Focus, Voice for Adoption and the State Policy Advocacy Reform Center. As part of the […]

New Report On Home Visiting Highlights State Progress

Last week CLASP and the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report on the federal home visiting program (MIECHV) called, An Investment in our Future: How Federal Home Visiting Funding Provides Critical Support for Parents and Children,

The report build on some of the research and information provided last week by HHS as mandated by Congress: The Mother […]

Budget Includes Several Initiatives on Child Welfare

The Administration’s budget includes several proposed appropriations increases or changes in law to expand child welfare services, particularly for children and families involved with foster care. It is in fact a change for a budget area that rarely experiences any requested increases beyond what happens under the entitlement programs. Whether any action takes place will depend on Congress but […]

First Research Report on Home Visiting (MIECHV)

On Friday, HHS released the first preliminary information and research on the home visiting program the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV).  The research referred to as, Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation or MIHOPE focuses on the initial planning, outreach and target families. The research partners for this and future reports are MDRC, James Bell Associates, […]

New England Journal: Increased Medicaid Payments Increased Access

An article in last month’s New England Journal of Medicine has found that the increased reimbursements to doctors through Medicaid as a result of the ACA had an impact on increasing access to health care services.  Under the Affordable Care Act some providers accepting Medicaid were to receive reimbursement rates that match those of Medicare.  The provision covered the years […]

HHS Report Outlines Shortfall in Health Screening (EPSDT) for Kids

This past November the Office of Inspector General at HHS issued an updated report on the challenges states are facing regarding the required health screening of children through Medicaid.  The IG report indicated that health screenings have increased (nationally) from 56 percent in 2006 to 63 percent in 2013, but also found that both ratios are still well below […]

Briefing Focuses on Military Families With Infants and Toddlers

The Congressional Baby Caucus celebrated its 5th birthday with a briefing on veterans and families. The briefing was a follow up to the Caucus’s initial briefing five years ago which also focused on military families with young children. The briefing included a panel of three that included one program expert and two veterans to reflect on the current challenges […]

CMS Issues Final Rule on the ACA and Foster Care

On July 5th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility, benefits, and enrollment rules. While the final rule does not cover all of the topics in theproposed rule issued in February, it does focus on the changes that are most […]

July 12th, 2013|Categories: Children's Monitor, Health, Older, Youth||0 Comments