Washington Insider: Behavioral Health

Overview of HR 3717: Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013

In December 2013, Representative Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee within the Energy and Commerce Committee, released legislation aimed at addressing the needs of individuals with serious mental illness in America. The bill, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013, tackles various aspects of the mental health system in America. … more

Effects of the Government Shutdown on Human Services

As we move through the first week of the government shutdown many are concerned about the effects on grants and other resources needed to provide essential human services. What follows is a short summary of the shutdown effects on major grant programs. Federal agencies' shutdown contingency plans are available online through the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. … more

Medicaid Final Rule on Former Foster Kids

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published a final rule regarding Medicaid and children who have been in foster care. The new regulations address some of the provisions in January’s proposed rule, but one of the most pressing issues, whether former foster youth retain coverage when moving across state lines, remains outstanding. … more

Federal Guidance on Cross-Agency Treatment of Trauma

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued Guidance encouraging state directors to integrate programs under the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support a comprehensive strategy aimed at addressing complex trauma in children within the child welfare system. The guidance places emphasis on screening, functional assessment, and evidence-based practices. The document details, for each specific federal agency, state opportunities in dedicated funding, discretionary funding, and waiver programs. … more

Webinar: EPSDT, Behavioral Health and Foster Kids

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Center for Medicaid and Chip Services (CMCS) are encouraging child welfare administrators and providers to participate in an upcoming webinar June 19, 2013 from 1-2:30 p.m. CT.

Here is the formal invitation: … more

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