Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cover essential mental and behavioral health services for kids and teens up to age 19. In this webinar, Melinda Baldwin, Chief of the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Kim Proctor, Technical Director, Data and Systems Group within the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, discussed the current landscape of mental health service usage among children and teens. Organizations presented strategies and tips to promote mental and behavioral health to improve outcomes among children. Campaign resources organizations can use in outreach and enrollment efforts to promote mental health year-round, including social media posts and graphics, newsletter articles and text messages, were featured. All resources discussed in this webinar can be found on InsureKidsNow.gov.
Blood Lead Screenings
October 24 – 30, 2021 is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. About 3.3 million American families have children under 6 years of age at risk of exposure to lead. Medicaid and CHIP cover blood lead screening tests for children. Families and Campaign partners can get more information here: CDC - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week