Bridge to Health Care: Accessing Services for Children and Youth

New course offering from the Child Welfare Training System

Children and youth involved with child welfare often have significant health care needs. Fortunately, Health First Colorado and the Child Mental Health Treatment Act offer a wide range of services to meet these needs. In order to best serve children and youth in Colorado, it is vital for child welfare professionals to build and strengthen the bridge between the services of child welfare and those of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health. 

The Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the CDHS Division of Child Welfare, and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, has introduced web-based training into the child welfare training academy for caseworkers. The training, Bridge to Health Care: Accessing Services for Children and Youth, reviews the Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CMHTA, HB 99-1116) facilitated by the Office of Behavioral Health and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) facilitated by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The training is a culmination of a four-year effort with the goal of increasing child welfare knowledge of CMHTA and EPSDT in order to better serve and treat the children and families of Colorado. 

This interactive learning experience provides child welfare professionals with the tools to help families understand how to access quality and consistent health care for children and youth. Learners will explore the benefits and services of both Health First Colorado and the CMHTA as well as their role in optimizing these resources to reduce the use of Core Services Program dollars. 

This self-paced Web-based training will help learners do the following: 

• understand the benefits, services, and eligibility requirements, including waivers, of Health First Colorado and the purpose of its various health plans and providers
• understand the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment program (EPSDT) and medical necessity
• summarize the purpose of the Healthy Communities program and the role of family health coordinators
• recognize the importance of mental health screening and treatment
• explain how Behavioral Health Organizations (BHOs) work within Health First Colorado
• describe how the CMHTA helps families meet the mental health needs of their children and youth without child welfare involvement
• reflect on their role in connecting the families they serve with agencies that provide health care coverage to children and families

The target audience for this training is caseworkers. 

Learners will receive 2 training hours for completing this course.

Please visit >Find A Class>Inservice Classes >Bridge to Health Care: Accessing Services for Children and Youth >and register today!

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