To ensure that Medicaid-eligible children and youth entering the custody of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) have access to high-quality care in medical homes guided by the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) team collaborates with the Vermont Department of Health Maternal Child Health Coordinators, Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families, the Department for Vermont Health Access and Vermont pediatric medical providers. This project has worked to assess the current systems of care and understand strengths and barriers for improving the health care delivery systems for children and youth in foster care. The current goal of the project is promotion of the 30-day comprehensive health assessment, care coordination using shared plans of care, and an enhanced well-visit schedule.
VCHIP participates in a CMS Affinity group whose purpose is to help state Medicaid agencies partner with state child welfare agencies. They explore and identify opportunities to improve timely access to health care services for children and youth in foster care.