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