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BREAKING NEWS: DHCS Notifies Counties that Eligibility for “Katie A. Services” Is Not Restricted to Foster Youth Alone
Department of Health Care Services – 2.5.16
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released a notice this morning stating that county Mental Health Plans are obligated to provide Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) and Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS) (also known as “Katie A. services”) to all full scope Medi-Cal beneficiaries under the age of 21 that meet medical necessity. The notice clarifies that neither membership in the Katie A. class or subclass is a prerequisite to receiving these services, and therefore a child need not have an open child welfare services case to be considered for receipt of these services.
ICC and IHBS are intensive home and community-based mental health services that aim to reduce unnecessary institutionalization of youth with mental health needs and allow them to live and thrive in their own homes and communities.
For more background on this issue, please visit our blog. We will be posting a formal response to this notice next week.
‘Changing the Tide’ On Youth Mental Health
The Almanac – 2.4.16
Last Tuesday, the Children’s Health Council (CHC) gathered with over 300 local parents, educators, providers, and community members to discuss the shockingly high rates of anxiety, stress, and suicide that have spiked in Palo Alto, California. The event included a panel of speakers who spoke to the array of issues that impact young people, including academic pressure, narrow definitions of success, the correlation between sleep deprivation and depression, and stigma around mental illness. Over the past year, local community and school-based mental health services have been in high demand, particularly in the wake of deaths by suicide in Palo Alto. Long waitlists have made it difficult to access quality mental health treatments, and professionals claim that the local network is unequipped to meet this level of demand. During the panel, moderator Ramsey Khasho of CHC explored looking to fill that gap for young people and their families by potentially providing “resources
Are California’s Mental Health Dollars Helping Kids?
California Healthline – 2.3.16
Schools across California get hundreds of millions of dollars annually from the state to identify and support children with mental health concerns. However, a recent report by the California State Auditor found that little data exists on how the money is being spent or whether it’s helping youth perform better in school. According to the report, about 700,000 children in the state “suffer from a severe emotional disturbance,” but no more than 120,000 children get the help they need. The report’s findings were front and center at a hearing of the Senate’s mental health committee on Wednesday in Sacramento. “It appears we give all this money to the schools, hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and yet … we don’t have some kind of way of measuring performance,” said state Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), who chairs the committee. “We don’t know how our dollars are being spent. It’s essentially a black box,” he said.
Beall recently introduced SB 884, a bill which would hold school districts and the California Department of Education accountable for effectively managing costs of behavioral services provided in these programs.
Never Alone: The Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned From Mental Illness
Mashable – February 2016
Sam Sharpe Announces ‘Mom: A Story of Love and Mental Illness’ From First Second
Comics Alliance – 2.3.16
“Although She Wasn’t A Counsellor, Just The Fact That She Showed Me Understanding And Compassion Really Helped”
Rethink Mental Illness – 2.3.16
7 Myths We Need to Stop Believing About Medicating Mental Illness
The Mighty – 2.3.16
Putting Community Back Into Community Mental Health: How The Mental Health Center Of Denver Did It
The National Council – 2.2.16
Why the Teenage Brain Isn’t Built for Solitary Confinement
Nautilus – 2.1.16
Legislation Signals Growing Support For Significance Of Trauma Indicators
California Healthline – 1.28.16
Highlights from Youth Mental Health Policy Forum: “Building a True System of Care”
The Chronicle of Social Change – 1.22.16
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