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Happy New Year... Children's Behavioral Health

Happy New Year... Children's Behavioral Health

July 1, 2009

Children's Behavioral Health Initiative: Help Begins Today

The first of the new services promised under the settlement of the Rosie D v Romney lawsuit are being rolled out today. The suit, which was adjudicated in 2006, found that Massachusetts failed to provide community-based services for Medicaid-eligible children with severe emotional disturbance.

Over the past few years, the state has worked hard to create an infrastructure that will support new services. This effort was led by the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI)

Starting today, we will see how successful they have been.

As of June 30, Intensive Care Coordination, Family Support and Training, and Mobile Crisis Intervention are now available. In the fall, additional services (In-Home Behavioral Services, Therapeutic Mentoring, and In-Home Therapy) will come on line.

Click here for more information about the new services.

While families are hopeful about the potential for CBHI, budgetary decisions have become a reason for concern. Earlier this week, Governor Patrick vetoed $2.3 million in funding for CBHI. Many advocates and families are concerned that should this funding not be restored, Massachusetts may not be able to fully live up to the promises made during the settlement of Rosie D.

Stay tuned for more.

Matt Noyes
Children's Health Coordinator