Building State Medicaid Capacity to Support Children's Healthy Mental Development, Phase 2


Authorization to Support the Initiative for up to Four States In January 2004, the Fund launched the second phase of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development initiative (ABCD II) to help states promote the healthy mental development of low-income, young children under age 5. Medicaid agencies in California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Utah are working to ensure that: young children at risk of developmental or behavioral delay are identified in primary pediatric settings and referred to specialists; parents at risk of depression are referred to mental health professionals; billing and reimbursement policies facilitate use of these services; health care professionals have the training to provide developmental services; and new care models are tested in primary pediatric practice. The National Academy for State Health Policy will continue to manage the state collaborative to foster innovation, coordinate technical expertise, and disseminate results to all 50 states. Illinois's project is being supported by the Michael Reese Health Trust and Chicago Community Trust.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
National Academy for State Health Policy
Principal Investigator:
Neva Kaye
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 13, 2004

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