Lead: Illinois Department of Public Aid (IDPA), Ounce of Prevention Fund
Population: Children birth to three
Goals: Healthy Beginnings is exploring Medicaid’s role and capacity in (1) increasing the number of young children who receive more comprehensive primary care that includes identifying and addressing social and emotional development, (2) improving the provision of mental health-related services to Medicaid eligible women and young children, and (3) using this project to provide lessons learned to inform future efforts that will lead to changes in statewide policy and practice in Illinois and in Medicaid programs in other states.
Healthy Beginnings Priorities:
- Review and revise Medicaid policy re: guidelines for and coverage of developmental and social emotional health issues for children birth to five and pregnant women
- Consider adoption of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0-3)
- Develop and implement social emotional training for pediatricians and family physicians, as well as pilot the incorporation of social emotional and maternal depression screening and referral when appropriate in pediatric practices
- Facilitate collaboration among Illinois Department of Public Aid and Illinois Department of Human Services’ Offices of Mental Health, Family Health and Early Intervention to address capacity building for treatment and reimbursement for screening, assessment and treatment for Medicaid eligible children under age five