Building State Medicaid Capacity for Child Development Services


Since March 2000, the Fund's Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) initiative has been implementing an ambitious strategy to help state Medicaid agencies promote and improve the delivery of developmental services for low-income children. The states participating in the initiative-North Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Washington-have added new child health services, trained pediatric clinicians in child development, changed policy affecting billing and reimbursement of developmental services, revised procedures to improve coordination of care, and prepared new educational materials for parents. As Fund support of the states concluded in April, all the states have sustained and expanded successful components of their projects, and plan to continue to do so in the future. In the year ahead, the National Academy for State Health Policy will launch a second consortium of four states to enhance the healthy mental development of young low-income children. After responding to a request for proposals, the states will be selected based on the recommendations of an advisory committee of Medicaid officials and child health experts. The new state projects will begin in October 2003.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Center for Health Policy Development
Principal Investigator:
Neva Kaye
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 8, 2003

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