Dr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Support of Child Tiered Case Management Pilot.”
In Fiscal Year 2016, North Carolina Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organizations (LME-MCOs) served an estimated 1.4 million Medicaid and uninsured children and youth. That year, concerns about a lack of coordination across child-serving systems resulting in insufficient assessment of behavioral health needs, slow delivery of services and an impenetrable public behavioral health system were highlighted by the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders recommendations.
As a result of those concerns, the Governor’s Taskforce recommended that a child case management pilot project be implemented to test evidence-informed strategies for addressing those identified concerns. This tiered case management pilot connects two at-risk populations of youth and their families to behavioral health services: youth and families involved in child welfare and juvenile justice. Both populations have high rates of exposure to trauma and complex behavioral health needs. Assessing, treating and coordinating their behavioral health and life domain needs can assist social services in maintaining or reunifying youth with their families and can assist juvenile justice in keeping youth from moving deeper into the justice system.
UNCG’s Center for Youth Family and Community Partnerships will provide the project oversight and necessary infrastructure to design and implement an evaluation of the entire pilot project, support consistent program development involving a variety of stakeholders, provide well-informed implementation consultation, and coordinate efficient and timely training and responsive technical assistance across all the pilot sites.