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Child and family wellbeing

Child welfare services face challenges every day to prevent, treat, and reduce risk of maltreatment, neglect, trauma, housing instability, and violence in communities. These issues need to be seen as a priority for public health and community wellbeing and not just the jurisdiction and responsibility of child welfare agencies.

There are many opportunities for improvement in this area, including:

Integrating prevention services within the human services system to help support families and youth experiencing child welfare interventions

Providing technical assistance and supports to systems serving child welfare and justice-involved youth, including: policy and practice reviews, workforce and workload analyses, process re-engineering

Increasing Medicaid providers who offer more community based Evidenced Based and Informed Practices (EBP) among Community Based Organizations (CBO), Providers, and Local Government entities

Developing the workforce to enable prevention programs and building competencies to engage in meaningful interactions with children, youth, and families

Addressing disparities in both experiences and outcomes for children, youth and families, rather than focusing on responding through merely a transactional and compliance driven approach

If your organization works to help meet the needs of children, youth and families impacted by issues like mental health and substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, food insecurity, housing instability, incarceration, and other traumas, Health Management Associates (HMA) can help make your efforts more effective.

Together we can help you move programs upstream with strong prevention and family strengthening approaches and integrate payment models with the human services delivery system to streamline and improve resources. 

HMA can help in the following ways:

Developing system integration models

Strategies to improve school-based mental health support implementation

Provide technical assistance and consulting support regarding service access and expansion of Medicaid utilization for implementation of evidence-informed programs

Workforce planning and strategy

Assist states, counties, hospitals, providers, and MCO’s address the challenges of hospital overstays and behavioral health placements

Provide technical assistance to state and local governments regarding limiting exposure to class action lawsuits or providing expert witness services

Strategic planning

Program evaluation, research and analysis including cost/benefit analysis of programs

Leadership development

Stakeholder engagement

A longtime leader in health and human services, HMA experts have front line and executive level experience providing direction to child welfare programs.

We consult with public and private sector entities who serve children and families to improve, streamline and integrate essential services. We ground our work in human-centered design, lived expertise, and change management and leadership principles in state and county program development.

Contact our experts:

Uma Ahluwalia

Uma Ahluwalia

Managing Principal

Uma Ahluwalia is a respected healthcare and human services professional with extensive experience leading key growth initiatives in demanding political … Read more
John Eller

John Eller

Managing Principal

John Eller is a seasoned executive with more than 23 years of service in public administration and health and human … Read more
Jon Rubin

Jon Rubin


Jon Rubin is a human services leader with over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, identifying and analyzing problems, … Read more
Doris Tolliver

Doris Tolliver


Doris Tolliver is a strategic thinker specializing in racial and ethnic equity, organizational effectiveness, change management, and business strategy development. She … Read more