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New state policy aims to make it easier for adopted children to get mental health treatment

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Monday, November 4, 2013
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New state policy aims to make it easier for adopted children to get mental health treatment

Lynn Bonner
News & Observer
November 1, 2013
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/01/3333135/new-state-policy-aims-to-make.html#storylink=cpy

Raleigh, N.C. - The state has a new policy aimed at making it easier for adoptive parents to find mental health treatment for their children.

Until now, parents who adopted children on Medicaid, the government insurance for the poor, elderly and disabled, have had trouble finding mental health therapists for them once the children started lives with their new families and moved away from the counties where they were born.

On Friday, the state Medicaid office tried to straighten out that problem, declaring that the children's new home was to be used for Medicaid treatment and provider-payment purposes.

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"I practically did the happy dance," said Todd Posey, clinical director at the Children's Home Society in Greensboro.

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Gaile Osborne of Buncombe County said she still has problems getting proper therapy for her two children adopted from Alamance, but now there is no more need for a case manager to travel hours and plan all-day trips to see them.

"It's a huge step," she said.

 

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