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YMA Releases New Data Compilation on Access to EPSDT Services

Breaking news! Young Minds Advocacy has released an exclusive table on access to Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) mental health services. The table, available for download here, provides data on California’s provision of Medi-Cal specialty mental health services to children and youth—and, more specifically, a county-by-county comparison of EPSDT penetration rates from [...]

Sacramento County Adds $2.25m for Specialty Youth Mental Health Services in Proposed Budget

Sacramento County is poised to make a substantial investment in intensive community-based mental health services for Medi-Cal eligible youth. Last week, Sacramento County Executive Navdeep Gill released the County’s 2016-2017 Recommended Budget. The proposed budget adds more than $1.1 million in county funds for the expansion of Katie A. mental health services, an array of individualized [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:57+00:00 June 13th, 2016|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Katie A., Medi-Cal, Policy Action|0 Comments

New Report Finds Thousands of Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth in California May Be Eligible for Community-Based Mental Health Treatment

As many as seventy percent of young people, involved in the juvenile justice system, may have a serious mental health condition. Yet only eight percent of these youth received treatment within 6 months after entering detention. High rates of youth with mental illness in the juvenile justice system are due, in part, to the failure [...]

Allocating Equality Part 3

DOF Allocates Growth Funds Based on Youth-Centered Policy Goals Rather Than Business-As-Usual By Annabelle Gardner, Director of Communications Last week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released an informational notice* announcing the formula that will be used to allocate over $60 million of growth funds from the Behavioral Health Services Growth Special Account to [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:05+00:00 October 13th, 2015|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

Allocating Equality: Part 2

Pending DOF Decision Will Significantly Affect Access to Mental Health Services for Low-income Youth in California Last month we shared highlights from the California Senate Budget Subcommittee’s hearing on proposed changes to the methodology used to allocate 2011 Realignment Behavioral Health Growth funding to county mental health programs. The Department of Finance (DOF) is the agency [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:09+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

Advocacy Update: “Allocating Equality”

Stakeholders Urge California to Adopt “Intelligent and Intentional” EPSDT Growth Fund Allocation Formula to Provide More Equitable, Accessible Mental Health Services for Youth. The California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard testimony Monday on proposed changes to the methodology used to allocate 2011 Realignment Behavioral Health Growth funding to county mental health [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:10+00:00 May 20th, 2015|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: DHCS Releases All County Info. Notices Reaffirming EPSDT Entitlement

Yesterday the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released two All County Information Notices (ACIN) reaffirming the EPSDT entitlement for youth in California living with mental illness. The release of these ACINs reaffirms commitments made by state officials in a call last week with Young Minds Advocacy Project’s Patrick Gardner and provider representatives Carroll [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:20+00:00 May 20th, 2014|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

Breaking News: EPSDT Advocacy Update

California officials act to ensure Medicaid entitlement to children’s mental health care In a call yesterday with Young Minds Advocacy Project’s Patrick Gardner and provider representatives Carroll Schroeder and Rusty Selix, California health care officials confirmed that counties that “overspend” on children’s mental health will be reimbursed from Realignment growth funds beginning with repayments of [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:20+00:00 May 16th, 2014|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

Budget Hearings Continue On EPSDT Entitlement Under Realignment

Stakeholders share concerns over county contract caps limiting services  This post is the second installment of our coverage on the effects of the 2011 Realignment on EPSDT services for young people with mental illness in California. Access to EPSDT services is a critical issue for California’s young people with unmet mental health needs, and a [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:21+00:00 April 10th, 2014|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

CA Senate Budget Committee Review EPSDT Funding Challenges Under Realignment

The California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard testimony yesterday on the pending funding formula for 2011 Realignment Behavioral Health Subaccount Growth Allocation. Nearly three years after the program was realigned to the counties, representatives from the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) have not yet [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:26:21+00:00 April 4th, 2014|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments