Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A 16-month preventive group intervention for at-risk children in late elementary to early middle school years that includes a parent and child focus to prevent substance abuse and reduce aggressive attitudes and behaviors and, in a universal version of the program, among all school children.
Although there are no Medicaid standards that have been established for Coping Power, Medicaid remains a source of support for the program’s offering of a therapeutic service to eligible youth. School budgets could be used to fund training and implementation. Foundations could be approached for start-up funding for training and curricula. The biggest challenge will be funding for the parent groups.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
School system budgets, both at the state and local level, could provide funding for implementing Coping Power in schools. Line items for training, curriculum, and guidance counseling should be considered. State mental health grants might also support start-up of the intervention.
Maximizing Federal Funds
Entitlements: Since Coping Power is a program that often serves youth with a mental health diagnosis, Medicaid should be considered as the primary funding source. Outpatient mental health centers could bill for the groups attended by the children and youth. Some school systems bill Medicaid for the health services they provide to eligible youth and could do so for Coping Power when serving youth with a mental health diagnosis. Some states fund parent training on how to care for a youth with a mental illness. This might be a source of support for the parent groups.
Formula Funds: Title I eligible schools could consider using those funds to support the services provided to the youth.
Discretionary Grants: Mental health related federal discretionary grants could be considered for start-up funding. Sources would include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, both part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The federal Department of Education should also be monitored for relevant grant opportunities.
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Foundations should be considered for funding start-up training and curricula as well as support for the parent group component. Foundations with an interest in education or mental health issues would be especially worth consideration.
All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developer of Coping Power, Dr. John Lochman, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.