New Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma
The Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma just launched! It is a joint project between the Office of the Child Advocate and UMass Chan Medical School! The website is full of resources, information, and toolkits aimed at supporting child-serving organizations. It also features trainings and guides that will help promote learning and information sharing.
Preventive Behavioral Health Services for Members Younger than 21
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services Office of Medicaid released a bulletin stating that managed care plans must cover medically necessary preventive behavioral health services for members from birth until age 21.
Starting September 1, 2021, members under age 21 are eligible for preventive behavioral health services if they have a positive behavioral health screen (or, in the case of an infant, a positive postpartum depression screening), even if they do not meet criteria for behavioral health diagnosis and therefore do not meet medical necessity criteria for behavioral health treatment. Services can be located in the community, schools, and/or pediatric primary care with integrated behavioral health clinician.
See memo here for more details.