Child Welfare in the 21st Century

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We must invest in kids.

Posted by lboyd544 on February 24, 2015

This morning I received an article from which I will paste this sentence: Between 2006 and 2011, the number of children’s hospitalizations in the United States for suicide attempts, suicidal ideation, and self-injury increased by 104% among children under age 18.

Sad and scary, but there is much we can do.

We must fight against budget cuts in our states and at the federal level that will harm mental health and behavioral health services. We must join the ranks of performance based contracting for mental health outcomes. We must stand up for quality of our service providers/provisions.  Good discussion: http://firstfocus.org/blog/sequestration-stop-cutting-kids/

We must demand that Congress reauthorize CHIP (national Children’s Health Insurance Program) promptly and fully. Check this out http://www.momsrising.org/blog/calling-all-childrens-health-supporters-simple-ways-you-can-show-your-support-for-chip

We must encourage those states who have declined to expand Medicaid via ACA, to do so through their own state plans or waivers. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/229920-medicaid-expansion-is-next-top-healthcare-challenge-advocates-say

We can make a difference!

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