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Using Medicaid to Help Young Children and Parents Access Mental Health Services
Results of a 50-State Survey

Authors: Sheila Smith, Maribel R. Granja, Mercedes Ekono, Taylor Robbins, and Mahathi Nagarur
Publication Date: August 2016

As states work to strengthen supports for young children's mental health, often with the goal of reducing the incidence of costly conditions at later ages, they face the question of how to finance new or expanded services.

This brief examines states' use of Medicaid as a key source of funding for early childhood mental health (ECMH) services. It presents the results of a 50-state survey that gathered information from state administrators about Medicaid coverage and related policies concerning the following services for children from birth to age 6:

  • Child screening for social-emotional problems
  • Maternal depression screening in pediatric and family medicine settings
  • Mental health services in a pediatric or family medicine setting
  • Mental health services in child care and early education settings
  • Mental health services in the home setting
  • Dyadic (parent-child) treatment
  • Parenting programs to address child mental health needs
  • Case management/care coordination

Read the full report here.