Managing Care Transitions in Medicaid
Mathematica health experts collaborated with staff at the Kaiser Commission for Medicaid and the Uninsured to author this brief, the second of three case studies examining key operational aspects of coordinated care initiatives in Medicaid, which focuses on the Transitional Care Program conducted by Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC). CCNC is a medical home program that serves 83% of all North Carolina Medicaid beneficiaries. The Transitional Care Program identifies high-risk enrollees when they are admitted to a hospital, and plans, coordinates, and arranges their transition back to the community.
International Efforts to Serve Youth with Disabilities
U.S. policymakers at all levels are dissatisfied with the current system of transition supports for youth with disabilities—supports that are rather limited in promoting employment and self-sufficiency in adulthood. Information on the supports developed in other countries, whose youth with disabilities face similar issues, could be helpful for developing new solutions in the United States. A recent brief summarizes the findings from two studies that examined programs and policies in 10 countries addressing transition barriers faced by youth with disabilities. It also provides an overview of promising strategies from two countries—Germany and the Netherlands—with potential transferability to the United States.
May Forum Focuses on Employment
Right on Time? Early Interventions and Initiatives for Promoting Employment
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Over a million individuals under age 40 receive Supplemental Security Income(SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Federal and state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies offer unique opportunities for early intervention services to individuals with disabilities, including youth and young adults who are transitioning from school to work, to help them enter, re-enter, or remain in the labor force and reduce their reliance on disability benefits. Click here for more information.
Disability Policy for People with Brain Injury and Other Disabilities
Despite increases in program participation and spending, the economic independence of people with disabilities, including those with brain injury, has eroded. Media stories continue to highlight gaps in services for people with brain injury acquired in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and the impact lack of health and employment services can have on their lives. Failure to address the underlying structural issues will perpetuate program inefficiencies and poor outcomes and could negatively impact this population. A recent article in Brain Injury (p. 18) outlines an alternative approach to slowing expenditure growth while improving the economic status of Americans with disabilities.
American Association of People with Disability 2014 ADA Celebration
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) will recognize the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 23 and reflect on their community’s accomplishments in the 24 years since the ADA was passed.
CSDP Forum: Right on Time? Early Interventions and Initiatives for Promoting Employment
Mathematica will host a policy forum on May 8, 2014 to discuss the relationship between VR services and other early intervention services to individuals with disabilities, including youth and young adults who are transitioning from school to work. The forum will be held in Washington, DC.
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
May 8 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. On May 6, the national event will be launched at the National Council for Behavioral Health conference in DC. To watch the live webcast of the event on May 6 from 1:45-2:45 p.m. (EDT) click here.
Employment & Disability State of the Science Conference
The Disability Statistics and Demographics Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (RRTC), funded by the Department of Education and the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), will hold a State-of-the-Science conference on April 8 and 9 in Bethesda, MD. The theme is “Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap,” and the conference will showcase research that enhances the scientific evidence to reduce the employment gap between people with and without disabilities.