ERIC Number: ED477674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Medicaid Managed Care and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Ruble, Lisa; Heflinger, Craig Anne; Renfrew, J. William; Robson, Dana
This study examined the utilization rate of behavioral health services by children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) over a 6-year period and compared this rate to the expected number of children with ASD in TennCare, Tennessee's managed care Medicaid program. Analysis of TennCare patient data found the rate at which children with ASD received a behavioral health service was 0.24/1000 in Fiscal Year 1995 and 0.57/1000 in Fiscal Year 2000. It notes that, although the rate doubled over time, so did the number of children who participated in TennCare. The paper concludes that the low rate of service use confirms the need for research on service use patterns such as access, type, duration, and continuity of services for children with ASD and the impact of Medicaid-managed care on child and family outcomes. An unexpected finding was the relatively low rate of children reported with ASD receiving services from TennCare. (DB)
Descriptors: Autism, Behavior Change, Children, Community Services, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Health Services, Incidence, Mental Health Programs
For full text: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/conference_proceedings.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN. Peabody Coll., John F. Kennedy Center.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee