February 08, 2024

Georgia Selected to Participate in Behavioral Health Policy Lab

State behavioral health officials, including DCH’s Maxine Elliott, among experts from nine states to convene in Baltimore.

Health Management Associates (HMA), in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), and other organizations, will convene a Children’s Behavioral Health (CBH) State Policy Lab February 7-9 in Baltimore. HMA  announced the selection of nine states – Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin – that will participate in the policy lab. 

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 This effort aims to convene state interagency teams – including child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, Medicaid, and K-12 public education – to collectively strategize, learn from innovators in the sector, and promote cross-system alignment to drive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

 “Behavioral health is top of mind for Georgia and the Department of Community Health,” said Maxine Elliott, DCH deputy executive director of the Medical Assistance Plans Division and Georgia official attending the policy lab. “We welcome this opportunity to join other thought leaders to build synergies that improve efficiencies and outcomes for children across the country.” 

To read the full HMA press release, click here.