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Webinar replay: Collaborating to improve children’s behavioral health – a comprehensive playbook to fostering wellbeing in children

This webinar was held on December 12, 2023. 

Beyond the statistics lie the stories of countless children and families needing immediate and critical access to behavioral health services and community-based supports. Addressing these issues requires comprehensive cross-system reforms, including policies that promote integrated financing, enhanced care coordination, increased provider collaboration, and bolster upstream prevention efforts. HMA is working with these national partner organizations to prioritize and focus on cross system integrated and interoperable solutions to address the needs of children, youth, and families with complex behavioral health needs.

HMA hosted a webinar in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), and with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and other funders. Together, these organizations have developed a multi-state policy lab to be held in February 2024. Applications for state agency participation opened the week of November 11th. State agency decision makers can click here to fill out and submit your state agency’s application. This webinar focused on the overall effort and for states to hear from this partnership on the importance of collaborating to strengthen the children’s behavioral health system.

If the link above (https://healthmanagement.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9YwdBb5xJzIVfIq) to the online form causes problems or does not work for you, please use this fillable PDF application and send it to [email protected] with all relevant attachments. Applicants must submit the full application no later than 5 pm on December 20, 2023.

Key highlights of this webinar include:

  • Explaining the need to develop a collaborative multi-system response to meet the behavioral health needs of children, youth and their families
  • The opportunity for 8 state child serving agency teams to participate in the children’s behavioral health policy lab

Featured Speakers:

Julie Collins, MSW, LCSW, VP, Practice Excellence, CWLA
David Miller, M.P.Aff., Senior Operations & Project Director, NASMHPD
Sheila Poole, Vice President, External Relations, APHSA
Joe Ribsam, JD, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy Director, AECF



Meet our HMA speakers

Uma Ahluwalia

Uma Ahluwalia, MSW, MHA

Managing Principal
Baltimore, MD