New research about ADHD; High rates of depression in girls may be linked to social media; Survey on schools’ concerns re: Medicaid cuts

The Weekly MashUp is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds’ Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates. If you haven't already, sign up to be on our email list to get the Weekly MashUp delivered to your inbox automatically, every Friday! Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Is [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:23:34-07:00February 17th, 2017|The Weekly Mash Up|0 Comments

DHCS Affirms that ‘Katie A.’ Services Aren’t Just for Foster Youth

In May, Young Minds Advocacy wrote to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) requesting action to end the prohibition on providing intensive community-based mental healthcare to as many as 15,000 low-income youth in need throughout the state. In a response received yesterday, DHCS agreed with Young Minds’ assertion that these services, also known as [...]

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 |2019-04-24T14:03:31-07:00October 13th, 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 |2019-04-24T13:59:16-07:00May 20th, 2015|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 |2016-11-17T17:26:21-07:00April 10th, 2014|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

Week of March 17, 2014

This Week's Top Stories for Children's Mental Health Advocates The Weekly MashUp is a reoccurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds’ Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates.  Young Minds in the News  New Funding Scheme Complicates Mental Health Provision The Chronicle of Social Change – 3.19.14 The Chronicle for [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:48:44-07:00March 21st, 2014|The Weekly Mash Up|0 Comments

State Calls for County Plans to Roll-out California “Wraparound” Services

On Friday the California Departments of Social Services and Health Care Services jointly issued an All County Information Notice (ACIN) regarding planning around the newly available services called Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) and Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS).  (See Katie A. v. Bonta.)  Today’s blog takes a closer look at the policy letter and its [...]

In Plain English-Wraparound

Wraparound Advocates have pressed hard in recent years to increase access to “Wraparound” for young people with significant behavioral health needs.  A key strategy has been to encourage states to formally incorporate wraparound into the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) entitlement. These efforts have resulted in significant reforms in several states [...]

By |2019-04-24T16:31:13-07:00March 12th, 2013|Featured Posts, In Plain English|0 Comments