States can use Medicaid to fund some services provided by the child welfare agency. Some States use Medicaid funds to support home visitation programs. Because each State develops its own Medicaid plan, the use of Medicaid funds will vary from State to State.
National Association of State Medicaid Directors
A map providing links to State Medicaid agency websites.
The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005: An Overview of Key Medicaid Provisions and Their Implications for Early Childhood Development Services (PDF - 228 KB)
Commonwealth Fund (2006)
Analyzes the provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and assesses their implications for the provision of early childhood preventive and developmental services in Medicaid.
Enhancing Child Development Services in Medicaid Managed Care: Best Clinical and Administrative Practices for Medicaid
Center for Health Care Strategies (2005)
Reflects the experiences of the Enhancing Child Development Services in Medicaid Managed Care workgroup, including 10 health plans and a primary care case management program that collaborated to develop best practices for enhancing child development services. Health plans using this toolkit will learn how the Best Clinical and Administrative Practices Quality Framework can be applied to design and evaluate pilot projects to improve developmental services for children from 0 to 3 years old. (PDF - 588 KB)
An Examination of Medicaid and Part C Service Funding Mechanisms to Support Interventions for Young Children (PDF - 1946 KB)
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (2003)
Examines the policy and funding issues that impact behavioral health services provided to children from birth until their third birthday and explores preliminary data for a subsequent analysis of system linkages between Medicaid and Part C funded services for children ages 0 to 36 months.
The Future of Medicaid and Child Welfare (PDF - 314 KB)
Child Welfare League of America (2011)
Explains that Medicaid is a vital part of the safety net for the children and youth in the child welfare system, the role of child welfare case workers and caregivers in helping children access necessary services and supports, and the negative impact of proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut the Medicaid program.
Infant and Toddler Medicaid-Funded Mental Health Services (PDF - 760 KB)
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (2002)
Conducted a baseline analysis of Medicaid-funded mental health services to young children ages 0 to 5 years.
State Approaches to Promoting Young Children's Healthy Mental Development: A Survey of Medicaid, and Maternal and Child Health, and Mental Health Agencies (PDF - 796 KB)
National Academy for State Health Policy (2005)
Findings of a survey on how States are addressing the healthy mental development of children ages birth to 3 years. Discusses screening, assessment and diagnosis, treatment and referral, coordination of services, maternal depression, quality assurance, provider education, and system capacity.
Strategies for Maximizing Medicaid to Fund Children's Mental Health Services (PDF - 88 KB)
Biebel & Katz-Leavy
Center for Mental Health Services Research Issue Brief, 2(7), 2005
Reviews findings from a University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) CMHSR study exploring innovative and exemplary uses of Medicaid to fund Systems of Care for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.