Diagnoses and Health Care Utilization of Children Who Are in Foster Care and Covered by Medicaid.
Richardson, John. Mark, Tami. Miller, Kay.
United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Truven Health Analytics.
iii, 32 p.
Studies have found that children in foster care have a higher prevalence of psychiatric symptoms and health-risk behaviors compared to children and adolescents in the general population. The purpose of this study is to examine (1) the prevalence of mental and physical illnesses and (2) the utilization of health care services among children in foster care (FC) who are covered by Medicaid. Disparities between the children in FC and children covered by Medicaid who are not in FC are also identified. In particular, we examine the following topics: (1)The most common diagnoses among children who are within versus outside of FC; (2)The 10 most common co-morbidities associated with each of the 10 most common categories of illnesses and selected behavioral health conditions (attention deficit disorder, conduct disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders; mood disorders; adjustment disorders; and anxiety disorders) among children in FC; abd (3)The use of all health and behavioral health care services among children within versus outside of FC. (Author abstract)
foster children; foster adolescents; mental disorders; child health; mental health services; child health services; use studies; statistics; Medicaid