(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A children’s mental health pilot program that started in southeast Indiana could soon be expanded statewide.
The Indiana Department of Child Services began the program in 11 counties last year. Among them were Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, and Franklin counties, which are served through the Community Mental Health Center in Lawrenceburg.
According to the Times of Munster, the program helps kids in need of mental health assistance. A judge, school official, probation officer, or prosecutor could refer a child in need of services to a mental health access site, such as CMHC, where their needs would be evaluated.
Under the program, families of children who meet the level of need and are eligible for Medicaid are referred to DCS’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction. DCS pays for services for children whose families aren't eligible for Medicaid, or whose private insurance won't cover the cost.
Currently helping 25 children across the state, the program has received good reviews and DCS has decided to roll it out statewide this year.
The newspaper reported that it still is unclear exactly how much the DCS program will cost once implemented statewide, although initial projections were as high as $25 million.