This episode will explore how caregivers can support the mental health of youth in foster care through the eyes of a former foster youth, Elyzabeth.
She tells the story of her mental health journey and entering new homes and what would’ve made her feel more safe, comfortable, and welcome.
Guest on the show:
Elyzabeth, former foster youth, RHEP Youth Advisory Board member
Presumptive Eligibility- Super important to note here that diagnostic criteria is no longer the bar to entry in CA's BH system--California has fundamentally reformed the definition of Medical Necessity in both Managed Care and Specialty MH so providers don't have to hunt for pathology and exposure to trauma is a qualifier for care.
1915b Waiver - Former/Foster youth - presumptive eligibility for Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS)
Enhanced Care Management (ECM) - not yet in effect- but it will be soon - and is designed to help foster youth navigate, access and coordinate care
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - what trauma looks like in children, families, and tools to help
Calls To Action:
Advice from a foster youth about coming into a new placement (16:30)
Vulnerability is a two-way street (19:30)
Keep the door open for your youth in care (27:39)
About Fostering Parenthood:
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