INTERAGENCY, CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION TO IMPROVE CARE FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN: LESSONS FROM SIX STATE INITIATIVES
A recently released report written by Health Management Associates colleagues Sharon Silow‐Carroll, Diana Rodin, and Anh Pham, titled “Interagency, Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Care for Vulnerable Children: Lessons from Six State Initiatives.” Prepared for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the report highlights how programs in Colorado, the District of Columbia, New York, Oregon, and Washington State have implemented collaboration mechanisms focused on fostering communication and coordination across programs for vulnerable children. There is growing acknowledgement that children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and other vulnerable populations can best be served through a coordinated approach across the myriad programs and agencies that touch them, including Medicaid, Public Health, Behavioral Health, Education/Early Learning, Human Services and others. However, states face structural, operational, financial, regulatory, and cultural challenges to breaking down traditional silos to achieve interagency, cross-sector collaboration.
Some states have made progress in overcoming these barriers, recognizing opportunities for state-level interagency collaboration and taking steps to address aspects of fragmentation and duplication of services for vulnerable children. Whereas most of the collaboration efforts examined emerge from the health sector and focus specifically on CYSHCN, others are truly cross-sector and take a broader view of vulnerable children – with participants entering the collaboration through the “doors” of education, child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, or labor and income supports.
To read the full article about it and access the full report go HERE.