The National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health at the School of Social Work's Institute for Innovation & Implementation has been awarded an $80,000 grant from Washington State's Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery.
The award supports the State of Washington to meet its obligations under the TR Settlement agreement to provide all medically necessary services to Medicaid eligible children under the federal EPSDT (Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment) requirement.
The National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health is providing consultation and technical assistance in three areas:
Financial strategies to support and sustain services including design and implementation of a best practice service array, federal state plan amendments, and negotiations with CMS.
Development and implementation of strategies to increase provider network access and capacity, including workforce strategies to recruit and retain personnel .
Strategies to engage specialized populations of youth into behavioral health care including youth experiencing homelessness, youth of transition-age, and youth from a range of racial and ethnic groups who experience disparities in access and outcome.