The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of many children and adolescents and reduced students’ access to comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHS) as schools shifted to remote learning. In recent years, states have implemented policies that have successfully expanded access to CSMHS. Lessons learned from these initiatives can help address students’ growing […]
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About Olivia Randi
Olivia Randi is a policy associate with NASHP’s Child and Family Health team. Prior to joining NASHP in April 2020, Randi worked at the Council of State Governments Justice Center where she provided technical assistance to behavioral health and criminal justice agencies to improve outcomes for people with behavioral health needs. She has also facilitated programs for children while working at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and while serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Additionally, she interned at a mental health clinic where she researched the impact of health care policy reform on mental health services. She holds a BA in health and society from Beloit College, and is pursuing her master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in health policy at American University.
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To date, there have been more than 2 million COVID-19 infections in US children and 8,000 pediatric hospitalizations. As states begin vaccinating those age 16 and older, many are drafting plans and applying lessons learned from their existing vaccination initiatives for the day when a vaccine is authorized for younger children.
A new, 50-state analysis of Medicaid managed care programs by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) shows that in the past three years, state Medicaid managed care (MMC) programs have: Enrolled more children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN); Provided more services to them through managed care; and Launched more specialized […]
To improve the quality of services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and reduce health care costs, states are implementing strategies to improve access to home health services. Of particular importance as states confront COVID-19-related budget challenges, home health services can help to avoid costly emergency department use, hospitalizations, and institutional […]