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Alaska Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Vignette

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Statewide Economic Challenges and High ACEs Rates Open the Door for Consideration of IECMH Coverage in the State’s Medicaid Waiver Application

This policy vignette examines how statewide economic challenges and high adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) rates have opened the door for consideration of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) coverage as part of Alaska’s Medicaid Reform and Behavioral Health Redesign. State leaders are exploring interventions that can prevent subsequent expenditures of chronic and costly health conditions, remedial education, incarceration, and cash assistance, including interventions targeted to families with young children. The vignette also shares key lessons learned.

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