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Adolescent Coping with Depression

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A 16-session group depression treatment program teaching teens how to deal with depression and ways to manage depression.

Adolescents Coping with Depression is a mental health intervention targeted to youth with depression, and can be billed to Medicaid for Medicaid-eligible participants or other private insurance or private pay for those not Medicaid eligible. In addition, core mental health funding streams may be options for supporting costs not Medicaid billable or populations not eligible for Medicaid.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

If therapists who are already providing group therapy to adolescents adopt Adolescents Coping with Depression as an intervention, they will likely use the mix of existing funding streams supporting their work to support this intervention.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

If a state opts to cover CWD-A through Medicaid funds, state funds are needed to provide the required Medicaid state match.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Entitlements: Since CWD-A is a targeted intervention aimed at depressed adolescents, Medicaid is an important source of funding. When the CWD-A group leader is a Medicaid qualified mental health professional, Medicaid can be billed for eligible participants. Billing would be for group therapy unless the Medicaid agency elected to make CWD-A a Medicaid service.

Formula Grants: The core child welfare, and behavioral health formula funds are potentially options for needed start-up funding, or to cover ongoing staffing, technical assistance and fidelity monitoring costs that are not billable under Medicaid. They can also be used to pay for children not eligible for Medicaid.

  • The Mental Health Sercvices Block Grant (MHSBG) can fund a variety of mental health promotion and intervention activities and is a potential source of support for CWD-A.
  • Title IV-B, Parts 1 & 2 provides fairly flexible funding to state child welfare agencies for child welfare services including prevention and family preservation activities.

Discretionary Grants: Grants that could potentially support CWD-A can be found in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants can be considered for the cost of initial training of group leaders.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developers of Adolescent Coping with Depression to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.