Foster Care Toolkit
Behavioral Health Toolkit for Medical Providers (from Optum)
Includes recommended assessments for mental health conditions, tools to address substance use, clinical guidelines, and other tools.
Live and Work Well (from Optum)
(NOTE: Use “clinician” for log in). In the “Mind & Body” drop down section there are resources for youth depression, anxiety, ADHD and other issues.
Trauma-informed Mental Health Assessment (from NCTSN)
Child Welfare Information Gateway (from U.S. Department of HHS, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau)
Guidance on screening and assessing child mental health.
PTSD Screening Tool (from American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
Suicide Screening Tool (from National Institute of Mental Health)
Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) (from Massachusetts General Hospital)
Recognize psychosocial problems and improve treatment for children.
Complex Trauma Standardized Measures (from NCTSN)
American Academy of Pediatrics clinical assessment tools Tools that can specifically assist in treatment for children who have been exposed to trauma and violence.
SAMHSA report: (from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A guide for Child-Serving Organizations
CANS (from NCTSN)
(from National Wraparound Initiative)
Behavioral health issues among children in foster care
3% of Medicaid non-disabled child enrollees are in foster care, and account for 15% of behavioral health services used by Medicaid children.
Behavioral conditions are in the top 3 common health conditions among children in foster care:
Children in foster care, compared to other children, are:
Medicaid Children in Foster Care:
Other Medicaid children:
Medicaid children in foster care are 4x more likely to use psychotropic medications than other Medicaid children. In fact, these children represent 13% of ALL Medicaid enrollees receiving psychotropic medications.
2.6x higher behavioral health costs for foster care population compared to TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
Most common behavioral health services used by Medicaid children in foster care (2005):
[Percentage of the total number of Medicaid children in foster care who used BH services of some type in 2005; children may had used more]
Creating Trauma-Informed Systems (from NCTSN)
TF-CBT was created for use with children and adolescents who have been impacted by trauma. It is an evidence-based treatment.
NCTSN recognized treatment modalities and interventions
OPTUM HEALTH EDUCATION
ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT
An article from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
NAMI Family-to-Family (from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)) is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, confidential, and 24/7 accessible resource. 1-800-273-8255
HIPPA Training (from UnitedHealthcare)