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Webinar Replay: Improving Child Welfare Outcomes: Role of Behavioral Health and Child Welfare in Strengthening Families, Building Resilience, and Increasing Protective Factors

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This webinar was held on July 20, 2021, was the eighth webinar in the series “Exploring the Landscape of Behavioral Healthcare,” covering the growing impact of behavioral healthcare on clinical outcomes and cost.

This eighth session featured HMA behavioral health, child welfare and Medicaid experts primed to specifically discuss strategies across child welfare and behavioral health to enhance family engagement and collaboration in increasing protective factors and family resilience.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn options for designing policies and implementing infrastructure that support a multisystem response facilitating family engagement and improving protective factors.
  • Learn about other successful state models for prevention and building family resilience.
  • Learn key benchmarks for successful engagement and empowerment that can be incorporated into QI programs.
  • Introduce and engage in dynamic discussion on the importance of the intersection of race equity, social justice, cultural humility, and responsiveness with family centered/multi-generational practice in addressing inequities.


Doris Tolliver, JD, Principal, HMA

Uma Ahluwalia, MSW, MHA, Managing Principal, HMA

Susan Smith, Data Advocates, LLC

Annalisa Baker, MPH, LCSW, Senior Consultant, HMA

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HMA colleagues, report examines cost of stemming gun violence


In a new report, “Cost Estimate for Federal Funding for Gun Violence Research and Data Infrastructure,” HMA colleagues were engaged by Arnold Ventures and the Joyce Foundation, to examine the cost to fund research and create a data infrastructure aimed at reducing gun violence. Each organization had previously released separate, but complimentary, reports outlining recommendations to stem gun violence in the United States.

This research and final cost estimate found the federal government would need to spend nearly $600 million over the next five years in order to close the gun violence information gap and provide sufficient resources to conduct appropriate research and collect and share comprehensive, transparent data to help policymakers and lawmakers address and solve gun violence.

HMA colleagues Catherine Guerrero, Zach Gaumer, Jay Shannon, Cindy Zeldin, and Yamini Narayan contributed to the research and final report.

During a webinar on Wednesday, July 14, a panel of experts including Dr. Shani Buggs, Zach Gaumer, and Dr. John Roman, shared their perspectives on report and discuss key issues in gun violence prevention research, data infrastructure and federal investment needed to close the current policy research gap.


Minnesota Releases Integrated Health Partnerships Program RFP

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This week, our In Focus section reviews the Minnesota Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) Program request for proposals (RFP) released by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), Health Care Administration on July 6, 2021. Minnesota will contract with provider organizations to serve as IHPs and provide health care services to Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollees under alternative payment arrangements.

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Webinar Replay: Value Propositions and Roadmaps for Integrating Children’s Behavioral Health and Medicaid with Child Welfare Systems

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This held on July 15, 2021, was the seventh webinar in the series “Exploring the Landscape of Behavioral Healthcare,” covering the growing impact of behavioral healthcare on clinical outcomes and cost.

The success of the delivery of state and local child welfare systems is predicated on a strong collaboration across child welfare, children’s behavioral health and Medicaid, building a multigenerational, multisystem response to the problem of child maltreatment. During this webinar, HMA behavioral health, child welfare and Medicaid experts broke down what’s needed to get the integration process started, including a practical approach to workflows as well as an understanding of the touchpoints where integration efforts are likely to have their biggest payoff.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how child welfare services departments currently interact with the behavioral health service continuum.
  • Learn how to build value by identifying areas where the intersection of child welfare, Medicaid and children’s behavioral health helps improve outcomes and mitigate risk.
  • Identify potential barriers to integration efforts.
  • Learn how other states have applied solutions and strategies aimed at better integrating child welfare systems, Medicaid, and children’s behavioral health.
  • Learn about financing infrastructures that support meaningful whole family approaches to improving protective factors and strengthening family resilience.


HMA Speakers:

Uma Ahluwalia, MSW, MHA, Managing Principal, Washington, DC

Annalisa Baker, MPH, LCSW, Senior Consultant, New York, NY

Caitlin Thomas-Henkel, MSW, Principal, Philadelphia, PA

Heidi Arthur, MSW, Principal, New York, NY


Louisiana Releases Medicaid Managed Care RFP

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This week our In Focus section reviews the Louisiana Medicaid managed care request for proposals (RFP) released on June 23, 2021, by the Louisiana Department of Health. Louisiana is seeking full-risk health plans to serve approximately 1.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries. Contracts are worth approximately $9 billion annually.

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State Efforts to Integrate Care Across Medicaid FFS LTSS and Medicare Advantage D-SNPs

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This week, our In Focus section reviews a new paper from Health Management Associates,State Efforts to Integrate Care Across Medicaid Fee-for-Service Long-Term Services and Supports and Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans by Sarah Barth, Rachel Deadmon and Julie Faulhaber. Funded by UnitedHealthcare, this paper outlines approaches taken by Medicaid programs seeking to coordinate Medicare and Medicaid services for dually eligible individuals without first implementing standalone Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs.

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