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Colorado Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Vignette

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Capitated Financing Allows for More Flexibility to Focus on Mental Health Prevention

This policy vignette examines Colorado’s efforts to cover infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) services to Medicaid beneficiaries through a capitated managed care system. It also highlights efforts underway to transform health care delivery through a State Innovation Model (SIM), and more specifically to implement an early childhood mental health strategic plan that considers risk, reach, and resources. A look at one local community mental health center’s approach to services and reimbursement is explained. The vignette also shares key lessons learned.

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