Checklist: Mental Health Care for Kids

As kids head back to school, Biden-Harris Administration steps up comprehensive healthcare.
Posted on Aug 16, 2022 | 11:10am
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Since COVID, the children of our nation have been facing an unprecedented mental health crisis. Even before the pandemic shut schools and disrupted the normal lives of kids, depression, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness were already on the rise. The Biden-Harris Administration has made it a priority to ensure all children have access to the care they need.

In response to Biden’s call to address this issue, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new guidelines reminding the state of their mandate to cover behavioral health services for children through Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). HHS has also called on Governors across the US to invest more in mental health programs for children. And, HHS proposed an unprecedented rule that would require states to report quality measures to strengthen Medicaid and CHIP.

Some 40 million children are covered by Medicaid and CHIP, and the Biden Administration is on a mission to remind schools, parents, and local administrators that these plans include comprehensive healthcare for behavioral issues. Learn more at hhs.gov.