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CMS to Fund New Child Behavioral Health Model

A new federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) model seeks to help children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program cope with the opioid crisis and behavioral health needs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model seeks to target physical and behavioral health needs through prevention, early identification, and treatment. It will allow states, providers, and community partners to better integrate care by responding to risk factors even when they do not present in a clinical setting.

InCK will build on current Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements by creating greater capacity for information sharing, care coordination, and managing child services, including clinical care, school-based health services, housing, and other health-related supports.

CMMI plans to release a funding opportunity notice in fall 2018, with application details for state Medicaid agencies and local health and community-based organizations. CMS intends to award funding for up to eight states at a maximum of $16 million each for the seven-year model. Funding announcements will be made as early as spring 2019.

CMMI will host two webinars offering an overview of the model, on Sept. 5, from noon to 1 pm, and Sept. 6 from 3 to 4 pm.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.