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Key Personnel:
Ilene R. Berson, Ph.D.
Kathleen A. Dailey, M.Ed.
Amy C. Vargo, M.A.
Nancy Lemrow, M.A.
Stephen Roggenbaum, M.A.
Frank Reyes, A.A.

A study of medicaid-funded school-based behavioral health services

Publication Date: 6/1/2004

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This study, developed and implemented by the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, explores the behavioral health services offered via the Medicaid Certified School Match Program. This program funds services provided or arranged by a school district for Medicaid enrolled students with identified disabilities. Based on an analysis of Florida Medicaid claims data and interviews with stakeholders, the study (1) identifies the service utilization patterns and demographic characteristics of children who access behavioral health interventions through school settings; (2) examines how the system currently links Medicaid services with school identified needs (i.e., Individual Education Plans [IEPs]); and, (3) explores benefits and challenges to participating school districts. The research findings are translated to inform policy recommendations that maximize the quality, effectiveness, and delivery of behavioral health services in schools.