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The Catalyst Center at the AMCHP 2019 Annual Conference
At this year's AMCHP Conference, the Catalyst Center led a workshop titled "Seeing Is Believing: An Infographic Series on the Fundamentals of Financing the System of Care for CYSHCN."

During the workshop, we shared the rationale for our recent infographic series, reviewed the key content in each infographic, and explored how they can be used to communicate effectively with various stakeholders.

The workshop was well attended. Title V colleagues, family leaders, and other stakeholders in attendance shared many great ideas for utilizing the infographics! Check out some of their great suggestions in the slide deck.

We hope you will share the infographics widely, and that you will find them useful. 
The National Network for Advancing Systems of Services for CYSHCN: Needs Assessment In Progress

As part of a new cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), The Catalyst Center, The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, and Got Transition, have formed a national network of technical assistance resource centers,  The National Network for Advancing Systems of Services for CYSHCN  (The Network). 
The Network conducted two focus groups with Title V CYSHCN Directors at this year’s AMCHP conference, gathering information in order to be directly responsive to the TA/T needs of Title V and its allies.

The purpose of this focus group was to inform cross-cutting priority projects and ideas for The Network. Our objectives were to understand your current challenges, areas of opportunities, understand your TA/T priorities, and gather feedback on potential cross-cutting topics.

Seventeen Title V CYSHCN Directors (or their designee) attended and shared invaluable feedback on the needs and priorities of their state. Attendees represented great geographic variety as well as a variety of needs and experiences. 

Thanks to all the state representatives who participated!
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Webinar: Maximizing System-Level Data to Address Health and Social Complexity in Children: Spotlight on Oregon

Tuesday April 2nd, from 2-3 PM (EST), the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's health is hosting a webinar about using data to address social complexity in children. 

Oregon is employing an innovative methodology using system-level data to identify children with health complexity that is based on medical and social complexity. This methodology is transforming considerations about improving quality of care in Oregon. Learn about this new standardized approach, developed by the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership and Oregon Health Authority, and how it has helped inform priority areas, potential policy improvements, investments and partnerships in support of children with health complexity. 
NASHP: Considerations for States Crafting Budgets to Support Children’s Coverage

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) released helpful information on their policy blog as states are finalizing budgets for their CHIP programs and working to factor in a reduction in the federal match rate while sustaining programs.

The post also reviews maintenance of effort requirements for states, which prohibit modifying income eligibility levels for CHIP. 

Finally, it highlights innovate initiatives to enhance children’s coverage and care, such as strengthening coordination with schools and other community partners to better meet children’s health and behavioral health needs.
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NASHP Resources to Help States Improve Integrated Care for Children

How can states improve integrated care for children? The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) provides resources for states interested in the Integrated Care for Kids Model and other strategies to improve coordination of behavioral, physical, social needs for kids eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.
Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model Resources

The CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) has released slides and a webinar recording on the Alternative Payment Model (APM) component of the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model. The CMMI website is full of resources about the model and the proposal process. InCK Model proposals for the Notice of Funding (NOFO) are due June 10th, 2019.

This project (U1TMC31757) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $500,000, with no financing by nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government; HRSA Project Officer Sarah Beth McLellan. 
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