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How Medicaid Supports Trauma-Informed Care for Children

Experiencing trauma in childhood increases the risk of chronic disease and behavioral health issues throughout life. The Medicaid program, which provides health coverage for approximately 40 percent of children and youth aged 0-18 in the United States, is uniquely positioned to support broad, prevention-focused, trauma-informed care and services. Briefing participants learned more about current behavioral health and trauma services covered by the Medicaid benefits package, discussed examples of state-based best practices and innovative policy initiatives, and explored future opportunities to improve Medicaid’s response to children exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other forms of trauma. Featured speaker: Kamala Allen of the Center for Health Care Strategies.