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The Role of Specialized Managed Care in Addressing the Intersection of Child Welfare Reform and Behavioral Health Transformation

Health Management Associates (HMA) has partnered with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Technical Assistance Coalition to produce a series of briefs that characterize the opportunities to improve coordination of services for children with behavioral health needs.

The Role of Specialized Manage Care,” written by HMA experts, Heidi Arthur, Angela Bergefurd, Caitlin Thomas-Henkel and Uma Ahluwalia, focuses on addressing the intersection of child welfare reform and health transformation. This issue brief explains how specialized Medicaid managed care plans can ensure better alignment between child welfare and behavioral healthcare services. The role of special needs plans for the delivery of coordinated care is emphasized and the opportunities to leverage specialty managed care plans by states are highlighted.


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Heidi Arthur

Heidi Arthur, LMSW

New York, NY
Angela Bergefurd

Angela Bergefurd, MPA

Managing Principal
Columbus, OH
Uma Ahluwalia

Uma Ahluwalia, MSW, MHA

Managing Principal
Baltimore, MD