Aetna supplies .1 million to help providers for Kids with Severe Emotional Issues

Aetna supplies $6.1 million to help providers for Kids with Severe Emotional Issues

Funding will assist residential services transition kids again to dwelling and group

CHARLESTON, W.V., Dec. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Aetna Higher Well being® of West Virginia, a CVS Well being® firm (NYSE: CVS), has supplied $6.1 million to 18 well being care suppliers throughout the state to assist them develop community-based waiver providers for Kids with Severe Emotional Issues (CSED) and in-state specialised residential care. The group investments will assist youth dwelling in residential services transition again to home- and/or to community-based settings, like foster properties the place the kid and household can obtain high-intensity behavioral well being and different social care providers in an atmosphere that’s loving and the least restrictive.

West Virginia’s CSED waiver program supplies eligible kids and teenagers with critical behavioral or psychological well being wants with a spread of intensive behavioral well being providers and helps. The objective of this system is to help kids with extreme emotional issues by serving to them stay with their households, of their properties and communities, with a help community, whereas receiving the providers they should enhance outcomes.

“Kids with specialised and high-need behavioral well being considerations, comparable to kids with autism spectrum dysfunction or extreme trauma reactive behaviors, are sometimes positioned in residential services that provide distinctive specialised providers. This apply can create a lot stress on the household unit, together with the kid,” stated Kathy Szafran, Govt Director, Mountain Well being Promise, Aetna Higher Well being of West Virginia.

“At present, there are over 500 West Virginia kids dwelling in some type of residential psychological well being remedy facility,” stated Todd White, CEO Aetna Higher Well being of West Virginia. “Aetna desires to help present in-state residential remedy suppliers in increasing their providers to assist transfer these kids again dwelling. The target of our group investments is to permit these services to evaluate the strengths and wishes of youngsters already in or coming into residential placement, consider psychological well being and different social help providers these kids might want to return to their communities, then develop a plan to deal with limitations to accessing these providers.”

Most of the state’s residential remedy suppliers that acquired Aetna’s group investments are utilizing them to implement modern programming methods to transition kids again to the group, together with:

  • Hiring scientific employees, therapists and group service coordinators to attain a continuum of care by broadening the scope of their residential work by way of including an in-community care element
  • Including employees coaching for the supply of community-based providers for kids
  • Creating specialised intensive programing for youth impacted by trauma
  • Increasing discharge planning providers and aftercare

In accordance with Szafran, “an instance of how suppliers have utilized inventive options occurred in a current case the place a nine-year previous with excessive behavioral challenges was faraway from his adoptive dad or mum’s care and positioned in a residential facility. After nine-months of receiving intensive, residential remedy to enhance his coping expertise, it was decided he was eligible for a CSED waiver and was in a position to transfer again dwelling with the supportive plan that he and his adoptive dad or mum continued to fulfill weekly with the community-based wraparound facilitator and licensed behavioral well being therapist. A 12 months after the CSED waiver providers started, the boy is the very best he is ever been, and is excelling at dwelling and faculty, with no bouts of aggression.”

Among the many West Virginia organizations receiving Aetna group investments have been:

Aetna’s beneficiant help, imaginative and prescient and partnership will permit us to develop household strengthening and psychological well being providers to the jap panhandle of West Virginia, in addition to doubtlessly forestall the necessity for some foster kids to enter residential remedy,” stated Jason R. Hooper, President and CEO, KVC Well being Methods, one of many funding recipients. “Due to the collaboration with Aetna, many extra kids and households can now entry very important providers that can contribute to their rapid and long-term well being and wellbeing.”

Aetna Higher Well being of West Virginia is the only managed care group for the state’s Specialised Managed Look after Kids and Youth contract. The statewide contract covers the bodily and behavioral well being care providers for kids and youth within the foster care system and people receiving adoption help, in addition to kids within the CSED waiver program. The well being plan has administered CSED waiver applications for members in West Virginia since March 1, 2020.

About Aetna Medicaid

Aetna Medicaid Directors LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Well being firm, has over 30 years of expertise managing the care of probably the most medically susceptible, utilizing modern approaches and a neighborhood presence in every market to attain each profitable well being care outcomes and efficient value outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has specific experience serving high-need Medicaid members, together with those that are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. At present, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed well being care plans beneath the names of Aetna Higher Well being and different affiliate names. Collectively, these plans serve roughly 2.8 million folks in 16 states, together with Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For extra data, see

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