The National Alliance for Medicaid In Education is pleased to announce the selection of our new Executive Director, Jenny Millward, ED. D. 

Jenny brings with her 29 years of experience in special education and childhood disability advocacy in such roles as a special education teacher, Program Specialist for Speech Language Pathology and Director of Student Services at Houston County Schools in Georgia. In addition to her impressive career experience Jenny has also been an active member of G-CASE, CASE, and CEC since 2004, including holding the Legislative Committee Chair position for G-CASE since 2018.

NAME eagerly anticipates a thriving partnership with Jenny to promote integrity, collaboration, and success for its members.

Welcome, Jenny!

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Embed School-based Services into a Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System of Student/Learning Supports 

Last week we noted that the increased concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many well intentioned initiatives and policy reports that, unfortunately,  limit discussion to integrating and expanding school‑based health services. The latest push is seen in the federal launch of a joint‑department effort to expand school‑based health services.

We raised the following caution:

While the focus on school‑based services is a necessary piece of addressing barriers to learning and teaching, it is just one facet of what schools need. And focusing on it in isolation of what else is needed has unfortunate consequences for students and schools.

This caution produced queries about what we think needs to be done. Recent reports and other resources may be accessed HERE in the Online Resource Catalogue. Below is a sample of the most recent reports:

How School Boards Can Pursue New Directions to Help Schools Address Barriers to Learning and Teaching http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/boardrep2022.pdf. 

We won't Argue Against Adding More Counselors,

     BUT ...

Addressing Student Mental Health Concerns Involves Much More than Increasing the Number of Mental Health Providers http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/morethan.pdf. 

2021‑22: Addressing Learning, Behavior, and Emotional Problems Through Better Use of Student and Learning Support Staff http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/supports.pdf. 

For free access to three recent books detailing the policy and practice changes that can transform how schools address barriers to learning and teaching and reengage disconnected students and families, visit:

http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/improving_school_improvement.html. 

Dear Colleagues,

The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME) is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal to present a breakout session at the 20th Annual NAME Conference in Baltimore, Maryland! We are so excited to see you in person again!

The 2022 NAME Annual Conference will be held October 24-27 in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will include general sessions hosted by NAME invited guests (CMS, OIG and a surprise speaker), as well as several nugget and breakout sessions. Last year’s virtual conference was a huge success, and we hope to top it this year when we are back together again! We know that to accomplish this goal, we must recruit the best presenters from across the country. For that, we need you!

NAME is seeking proposals from individuals, teams or panels to present breakout sessions at the 2022 conference.

  • Breakout sessions are 1.5 hours in length, allowing for in-depth presentation of a specific topic and time for audience participation. Multiple breakout sessions are presented concurrently. Time permitting, sessions may be repeated to give attendees the opportunity to learn from a variety of presentations.

NAME is seeking proposals that include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Medicaid reimbursement;
  • Quality assurance in Medicaid billing;
  • Organizing data to ensure smooth reporting;
  • Innovative ways to provide and pay for health and related services in schools;
  • LEA outreach process to keep children enrolled in Medicaid;
  • Collaboration with Special Education;
  • Preparing for and dealing with federal and/or state Medicaid audits of school-based services programs; and
  • Other topics that would be of interest to conference attendees.
  • Free Care

We have prepared a “Call for Presenters” application, with instructions, that is due by June 1, 2022.

To access >> CLICK HERE

Submit your application(s) and plan to join us this October!   

Sincerely,

NAME 2022 Conference Committee

 

CMS guidance on telehealth (December 2021)

CMS has updated the State Medicaid and CHIP Telehealth Toolkit: Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth (Covid-19 Version) with guidance to states on telehealth. Notably, this guidance clarifies that states may cover Medicaid services delivered via audio-only technologies—and will continue to do so after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

FAQ from U.S. Department of Education

The updated Frequently Asked Questions on Use of Funds to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic provides updates and guidance that reinforces that states can take a broad approach to using ESSER funds to support school health.

Other Resources

Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: A Guide for State Education Agencies

CCSSO and the National Center for School Mental Health

This guide outlines five key steps state education agencies can take to support a comprehensive approach to school mental health, alongside state examples and relevant resources.

The Kids Are Not All Right: The Urgent Need To Expand Effective Behavioral Health Services For Children And Youth

Health Affairs

This article highlights the need to spread and scale proven interventions throughout the health, public health and education systems in response to the current behavioral health crisis facing children and youth.

How to Sustain Telehealth Within Your Pediatric Practice

American Academy of Pediatrics

This toolkit includes several new resources for pediatricians and other pediatric care providers on telehealth implementation.

Six Questions State Boards Should Ask about Student Mental Health

National Association of State Boards of Education

This resource highlights specific questions for state board discussions on promoting student mental health.

REGISTER HERE at the Early Bird Rate of $575 through October 3, 2022

October 24th-27th, 2022

Baltimore, Maryland

 20th name

Programming to include updates from CMS and OIG, as well as a surprise speaker to kick-off the conference.

NAME 2022 Conference Schedule (subject to change):

Monday, October 24th, 2022:

2:00p-7:00p – Silent Auction

2:30p-4:00p – Medicaid 101 (Introduction for new members, but all are welcome!)

4:15p-5:30p – Town Halls – A time to meet with people that are involved in similar jobs from the same regions. Great networking time!

5:30p-7:00p – Reception

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022:

8:00a-5:00p – Silent Auction

8:00a-9:00a – Welcome Breakfast

9:00a-12:00p – General Sessions

12:15p-1:15p – Lunch

1:30p-4:15p – Breakout Sessions

5:00p-8:00p – Social Event – TBD, Updates to come on NAME website

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022:

6:15a-7:30a – 5k Fun Run/Walk - $10 to participate, procedures will be donated to the American Cancer Society

8:00a-2:45p – Silent Auction

7:30a-8:30a – Breakfast

8:30a-11:45a – General Sessions

11:45a-1:00p – Lunch

1:10p-4:30p – Breakout Sessions

4:40p-5:10p – Silent Auction Winners Announced – Proceeds donated to local charity, TBD

Thursday, October 27th, 2022:

8:00a-9:00a – Breakfast/Membership Meeting

9:15a-12:00p – General Sessions

Conference Ends at noon

HOTEL INFORMATION:

The NAME conference will be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel | 202 East Pratt Street | Baltimore, MD 21202

Please use the link below to make, modify, or cancel your room reservation.

https://book.passkey.com/e/50303609

Room reservations must be made prior to October 3rd, 2022 to receive the group rate of $199.00 USD plus taxes & fees. By reserving a room or registering for the event, you are agreeing to abide by any federal, state, or local COVID-19 health and safety guidelines in place during the conference. Unless otherwise required by federal, state, or local mandates, masking is optional.

We can’t wait to celebrate coming together with you in-person for our 20th conference in beautiful Baltimore!

 For the most up to date information, visit our conference website or download our conference app!

Announcing this year’s focus for the National Initiative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports.

The COVID‑19 pandemic has made it inevitable that public schools will change in fundamental ways over the next few years. This is particularly the reality for how schools address barriers to learning and teaching and for efforts to reengage disconnected students and families.

See http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/newinitiative.html to see suggestions for some first steps that can be taken to improve student/learning supports and for resources to assist in moving forward.

Aurrera Health Group and Healthy Schools Campaign has released a new report which demonstrates how alignment between state Medicaid and education standards for school health personnel can reduce barriers to Medicaid reimbursement for school health services. This report outlines key recommendations for states to consider as they strive to improve access to student health services covered by Medicaid. The report may be reviewed here: https://healthystudentspromisingfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/State-Medicaid-Education-Standards-for-School-Health-Personnel.pdf. Click or tap if you trust this link.">State Medicaid & Education Standards for School Health Personnel: A 50-State Review of School Reimbursement Challenges

According to our partner @ModernMedicaid’s updated #MedicaidDashboard, over 6.7 million children are enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Learn more here: http://data.modernmedicaid.org/.

On Tuesday, 10/05/2021, John Beacham, Deputy Director, OIG, Office of Audit,  presented at the 19th Annual NAME Virtual Conference.  During Mr. Beacham’s OIG -Audit presentation, he referenced the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General 2018 report on, Vulnerabilities Exist in State Agencies’ use of Random Moment Sampling to Allocate Costs for Medicaid School-Based Administrative and Health Services Expenditures.  To access the full report click here.

Medicaid Forward: Children’s Health will identify opportunities for action to address the physical and mental health needs of children and their caregivers in the wake of the pandemic. This is an escalating challenge Medicaid, and the CHIP programs must address for the more than 37 million children and young people are enrolled in either Medicaid or CHIP. Many of these children have experienced social isolation due to school closures and are enduring the secondary trauma of watching their parents and care-givers deal with the economic and health ramifications of COVID.  To access the full report, click here.