Brief Improving the Lives of Young Children
Increasing Referrals and Follow-Up Treatment in Medicaid and CHIP
Jennifer Pelletier, Genevieve M. Kenney
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Many young children have developmental or behavioral problems that could be addressed with appropriate services but are not identified or treated before entering kindergarten, compromising a child's ability to perform up to full potential in school and leading to costly special education and health care interventions later. The patchwork of public programs that finances services creates barriers in access to follow-up services for children identified by diagnostic assessments as having developmental delays or behavioral problems that would benefit from intervention. This brief discusses referrals to services to address developmental delays and behavioral and physical health problems.
Research Areas Health and health care Children and youth
Tags Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State Children's Health Insurance Program Child care Children's health and development
Policy Centers Health Policy Center Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population