Governor Walker's Mental Health Reform Package
Program: Expansion of in home counseling for children
Governor’s Proposal: The Governor’s budget allows the
home to be a service delivery location for Medicaid eligible children in
need of mental health services.
Status: The expansion of in home counseling for children was
approved as part of 2013 Act 20.
Implementation Date: July 1, 2013
Function/Description: In home counseling is typically targeted
to children in need of family therapy, or children involved in the child
welfare system. Expanding in home counseling services promotes access
and engagement in treatment for families and children. Currently, in
home counseling is only available to children diagnosed with a severe
emotional disturbance through the Medicaid “HealthCheck Other” benefit. This
proposal would allow the existing Medicaid outpatient mental health
benefits to provide “the home” as a place for service for children,
especially those children 0-5 years old. The Governor’s proposal allows
children access to in home service early in a child’s
development to detour more costly services later in life.
Funding for expanding in home counseling for children:
- In home counseling for children is a Medicaid benefit. State
funding is matched at the state’s current Medicaid matching rate.
Background: The service is used extensively throughout the
country to address children and families where a child is at risk of
placement outside the home, or where a child is returning from a
placement to a family environment. The service is used to promote family
therapy approaches to relationship issues between parents and children,
siblings, and/or other family members. This expansion promotes access
and engagement in treatment for families and children.
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Last Revised: July 30, 2013