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Community-based Mental Health Services for Children Panel

Presentation:  Building the Capacity of Community – Based Providers to Bill Medicaid Managed Care


The first speaker will discuss the 2018 Federal Class Action Settlement (Consent Decree-NB. v. Eagleson), mandates that the State of Illinois will provide funding for community-based services for all Medicaid eligible children under the age of 21 in the State of Illinois, who have been diagnosed with a mental health or behavioral disorder. Learn what services will be provided to the approximate 100,000 children who have a medical need for these services. Learn how children who do not qualify for Medicaid under the age of 18 because the family makes too much money, maybe able to qualify for Medicaid mental health services.

This will be followed by a discussion of how the implemented policy changes transitioning the Illinois behavioral health care system to Medicaid managed care is impacting community-based providers and Medicaid-beneficiaries’ access to services. It will focus on how to best support a diverse range of community-based behavioral health providers to create an equitable network of care. The talk includes an overview of Illinois’ Medicaid readiness assessment and innovative policy and program solutions, highlighting the creation of a centralized Medicaid Technical Assistance Center (MTAC) to support capacity building for providers. We will solicit feedback from audience members on how to best design resources to engage a range of providers with Medicaid technical assistance supports.

Presenter Bios:

Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr., of Naperville, Illinois, is one of the leading attorneys in theUnitedStateswhohassuccessfullysecuredfundingforpersonswithdisabilities,including persons with Mental Health conditions. In January, 2018 a Class Action Settlement (Consent Decree) was entered in Federal Court in Chicago, Illinois, NB.v.Eagleson, which will provide CommunityMental Health services to all Medicaid eligible children under the age of 21 in the State ofIllinois.

Andrea Durbin, AM, is the Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY). A passionate and life-long advocate for young people, she leads ICOY’s work to improve the lives of children, youth, and their families. Prior to becoming CEO, Andi served as policy and advocacy director for ICOY and led the agency’s federally-funded capacity building initiative for youth service agencies in Chicago. Andi serves on several high-level committees and workgroups, representing the needs of at-risk youth and the agencies that serve them. Before joining ICOY, Andi worked for seven years in education and for eight years at Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, where she led efforts to design and develop programs for high-risk youth, as well as primary and preventive health services for medically underserved communities. She has a master’s degree in social work administration from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Carrie Muehlbauer, LMSW, joined ICOY as Director of the Medicaid Technical Assistance Center in October of 2018. Carrie’s role is to design and implement a new technical assistance center for Illinois social service providers who are serving, or desire to serve, clients insured by Medicaid. Carrie is a healthcare policy advocate specializing in behavioral health. She received her Masters in Social Work from New York University in 2016. Carrie is passionate about putting people in the center of policy and supporting equitable access to healthcare. Her passions steam from her clinical experiences working with survivors of domestic violence and children in foster care. Before coming to ICOY, Carrie worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a coordinator for the Regional Planning Consortium. Carrie’s work focused on supporting the expansion of behavioral health services under Medicaid managed care.

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