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‘The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act’: A Case Study of California’s Senate Bill 1064

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On September 30, 2012, California Governor Brown signed “The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act” (SB1064). The legislation became the first in the country to address family separation issues as a consequence of the current immigration enforcement system. The California law prioritizes keeping children with their families and out of the public child welfare system whenever possible and helps separated families receive appropriate care and due process.

This case study describes how the bill was developed borrowing the lessons learned from similar federal efforts and how the diverse coalition of children, immigration and social justice organizations partnered to
develop and pass the law. The study concludes by highlighting the efforts of other states to replicate this California bill.

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Medicaid and Children in Foster Care

Medicaid and Children in Foster Care image_Page_01The health care needs of children in foster care are vast and often compounded by their circumstances. These children face myriad challenges – from placement instability, to emotional, behavioral, and educational difficulties, to juvenile justice involvement – that threaten their health and well-being. Because they are often at the intersection of multiple public systems including behavioral health, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and primary care, it is critical for these systems to work collaboratively to meet their health needs.

Much national attention is currently being directed toward this population, particularly around the issue of psychotropic medication use, which has shed a spotlight on the behavioral health challenges faced by these children. Most children in foster care are insured through Medicaid, which makes state Medicaid agencies one of the major players in developing solutions to address the issues of this population.

Medicaid and Children in Foster Care, authored by Kamala D. Allen, MHS, and Taylor Hendricks, MS, of the Center for Health Care Strategies,  details the health care needs of children in foster care and the role of Medicaid in providing health coverage for this population. It also highlights existing policy levers that may help to address some of the ongoing health and well-being issues faced by children in foster care.

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Webinar Recording – Finding What Works: Helping Young Adults Transition into Adulthood

Review the March 19 webinar, Finding What Works: Helping Young Adults Transition into Adulthood,  using the slideshow and audio player below. The presenters were:

  • Sarah Hurley, Director of Research, Youth Villages
  • Mark Courtney, Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago,
  • John Martinez, Deputy Director, Health and Barriers to Employment Policy Area, MDRC.

Download a preview of the youth villages transitional living evaluation here.

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Recording from Webinar: Child Welfare and the Affordable Care Act

View the presentation from our February 19, 2013  webinar, Child Welfare and the Affordable Care Act, below. You can follow along with the audio recording with the audio player beneath the presentation. The draft comments discussed in the presentation that are in response to CMS’ request for feedback on the proposed rule concerning Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Programs, and Exchanges: Essential Health Benefits in Alternative Benefit Plans, Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Exchange Eligibility Appeals and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicaid is available to view here.

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Recording from Webinar: “Electronic Information Exchange: Elements that Matter for Children in Foster Care”

View the presentation from our January 31, 2013  webinar, Electronic Information Exchange: Elements that Matter for Children in Foster Care, below. You can follow along with the audio recording with the audio player beneath the presentation.

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New policy brief: Privatization of Child Welfare Services: A Guide for State Advocates

Authored by consultants Charlotte McCullough and Madelyn Freundlich, this brief provides an overview of child welfare privatization and how advocates can be involved in efforts to privatize child welfare services. Guided by advice from seasoned public and private agency administrators and advocates, it includes practical tips for advocates when privatization is being considered, planned, evaluated, or re-assessed.

Child advocates are a key voice in privatization efforts. While other stakeholders have multiple interests affected by privatization, child advocates have the ability to ensure that improved outcomes for children and families remain front and center at every step in the process.

In addition, there is an accompanying summary checklist of considerations for advocates to keep in mind when privatization is being considered, planned, implemented, evaluated, or re-assessed.

The summary checklist can be downloaded here.

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Recording from Webinar: “Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care and Young People Who are Transitioning from Foster Care”

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