Mar 29, 2021
Spring has arrived and with it a sense of hope, as vaccines roll out and the state slowly opens up. Yet the transition back to more of a sense of normalcy is likely to bring the emotional and mental strains of the last year bubbling to the surface for both young children and caregivers alike. Indeed, a recent poll found more than two-thirds of California's parents of young children are worried about their families' mental health. As such, interventions like Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMH) are more critical than ever.
Please join the Center and partners on Tuesday, March 30th at 2PM PT for a legislative briefing on ECMH Consultation. Experts in the child care, mental health and early childhood education arenas will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on early childhood mental health, the landscape of mental health services, trauma-informed care and support, local program best practices, and more. This event is sponsored by the Child Care Resource Center, The Children's Partnership, the First 5 Association of California, and the First 5 Center for Children's Policy. Register here.
Our new Center blog post examines several things the state can do to address the mental health crisis facing young children and families as the pandemic eases. In addition to funding Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, the state can support full coverage of dyadic (caregiver and child) therapy via Medi-Cal, and expand home visiting for families through Medi-Cal reprocurement of managed care plans and CalAIM. Read our blog for more details.
A second new Center blog post digs into recent data from the state Department of Health Care Services showing alarmingly low levels of preventive care for young children who received Medi-Cal Managed Care in 2019--i.e., before the pandemic caused well-child visits to decline. Low rates of developmental screening, well-child visits, and lead screening are of particular note. With 2020 data likely to be worse, it's more important than ever that California enact continuous Medi-Cal coverage for children 0 to 5, and that the reprocurement of managed care plan contracts include better oversight. You can read the full blog here.
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Sarah Crow • Mar 29, 2021
The time to prepare is now. California can take several steps to address mental and behavioral health concerns of young children ages 0 to 5, their parents, and child care providers over the next year to reduce adverse childhood experiences and build resilience.
Alexandra Parma • Mar 25, 2021
California’s children covered by Medi-Cal Managed Care received alarmingly low levels of recommended preventive care in 2019, according to data newly released by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).
Sarah Crow • Christina Altmayer • Mar 30, 2021
Revamping Medicaid policies to improve young children’s social and emotional health and address health care inequities is particularly critical in California, where over half of children ages 0 to 5 have Medicaid coverage (known as Medi-Cal, in California), and two-thirds are children of color.