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Health Care Reform Tracking Project: Tracking State Managed Care Reforms as They Affect Children and Adolescents with Behavioral Health Disorders and Their Families -- 1997-1998 State Survey
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The Health Care Reform Tracking Project (Tracking Project) was initiated in 1995 to track and analyze state and local managed care initiatives as they affect children and adolescents with emotional and substance abuse disorders and their families. It is co–funded by two federal agencies—the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Education. Supplemental funding has been provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for a special analysis of the effects of these initiatives on children and adolescents in the child welfare system. The Tracking Project is being conducted jointly by the Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health at the University of South Florida, the Human Service Collaborative of Washington, D.C. and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University.

The Tracking Project is being undertaken during a period of rapid change in public sector health and human service systems. States and, increasingly, local governments are applying managed care technologies to the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services (together referred to as “behavioral health services” in this study) for children, adolescents and their families within Medicaid, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare and State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP) programs. The Tracking Project is the only national study focusing specifically on the impact of these public sector managed care reforms on children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders and their families. (Authors)
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