Washington Insider: Residential Issues

Initial Findings on Illinois Performance Based Contracting

The Children’s Bureau has posted initial findings from an ongoing evaluation of performance based contracting in Illinois. The evaluation grant was awarded in 2007 by the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child welfare Services to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, the Child Care Association of Illinois (a private agency), and Children and Family Research Center of the University of Illinois. The initiative follows the state’s residential treatment and Independent Living Opportunities/Transitional Living programs, but the initial findings pertain to the residential component only. … more

Report and Interactive Maps Show Psychotropic Med Use in Foster Children

PolicyLab, based at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has created two interactive data maps on psychopharmacology and foster children. The maps show state statistics on polypharmacology and psychotropic drug use among foster children. According to the PolicyLab: … more

Sign-on Letter for Home and Community Based Waivers

The Alliance for Children and Families and member agency Youth Villages are circulating a sign-on letter for The Children’s Mental Health Accessibility Act, S.3289.

It allows states to use Medicaid waivers to serve children and youth in their homes and communities, rather than in psychiatric residential treatment centers. … more

The Children’s Mental Health Accessibility Act Expands Home and Community Based Waivers

Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced The Children’s Mental Health Accessibility Act, S.3289, which allows states to use Medicaid waivers to serve children and youth in their homes and communities rather than in psychiatric residential treatment centers (PRTFs). The law would provide an expansion to all states of the waivers that have been granted under Medicaid section 1915 (c). It also removes the outdated term “mentally retarded” from the Social Security Act, replacing it with “intellectual disability.” … more

Federal Plan to Address Psychotropic Med Use

A recent IM (Information Memorandum) issued by ACF (Administration for Children and Families) lays out a plan to guide states on appropriate use of psychotropic medication in the foster care population. The IM anticipates a meeting in August 2012 which will bring together state leaders from child welfare, mental health and Medicaid to learn about best practices and craft their own state action plans. … more

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