New CMS Model Addresses Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recognizes the heavy and continued impact of the opioid epidemic on children. An Innovation Model for payment and service care has been announced and will be the subject of forecasted funding opportunities due for release during the upcoming grant season.
In case you missed it, read SAE’s update on the CHIP Mental Health Parity Act. With increases in foster care across the nation, an understanding of the policy to practice implementation of parity for children is crucial.
The following is from the CMS press release:
CMS announced a new Innovation Center payment and service delivery model as part of a multi-pronged strategy to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model aims to reduce expenditures and improve the quality of care for children under 21 years of age covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through prevention, early identification, and treatment of behavioral and physical health needs. The model will empower states and local providers to better address the impact of the opioid crisis for children through care integration across all types of healthcare providers.
InCK Model participants will benefit from systematic integration, coordination, and management of core child services, including clinical care, school-based health services, housing, and other health-related supports. The InCK Model aims to positively impact the health of the next generation through early identification and treatment of behavioral health risk factors of children up to age 21 covered by Medicaid and CHIP in selected states. The CMS Innovation Center anticipates releasing a detailed Notice of Funding Opportunity in Fall 2018 with additional details on how state Medicaid agencies and local health and community-based organizations can apply to participate in the model.