ABCD II: Building State Medicaid Capacity to Support Children's Healthy Mental Development, 2005-06


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 continues to manage the collaborative to foster innovation, coordinate technical expertise, and disseminate results to all 50 states. This is the last year of funding for the four states supported by the Fund. In the coming year, a subsequent ABCD III initiative will be explored. Federal Medicaid matching grants are being provided for each of the ABCD II projects; the Illinois project is being supported by the Michael Reese Health Trust. Click here for information about a Fund-supported NASHP publication on behavorial screening.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Center for Health Policy Development
Principal Investigator:
Neva Kaye
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 12, 2005

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