Extra! Extra! Read All About Youth Health Care in Two Special Newsletters

From 1998 to 2000, the Institute for Educational Leadership produced two issue briefs on health topics printed as special editions of a newsletter targeted at community collaborative action organizations.

These organizations have increased in number and importance as the locus of responsibility for social policy initiatives has shifted from the federal government to the states and their local community jurisdictions and agencies in recent years.

The Washington-based Institute for Educational Leadership in a nonprofit working to achieve better education and futures for all of America's children and youth.

Key Results

  • The first issue brief, "Focus on Health" (summer 1999), is organized into two parts:

    • Part one discusses opportunities within both Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for improving children's medical services.
    • Part two focuses on how community collaboratives can ensure that health care programs affecting children and families are of high quality and that additional supports and services necessary for effective medical care are readily available.
  • The second issue brief, "Focus on Behavioral Health" (spring 2000), contains a discussion of the critical trends in child and youth behavioral health care, including:

    • The role of parental involvement in policy and service planning.
    • The importance of prevention and early intervention.
    • The emergence of managed care and other financing approaches.
    • The inclusion of schools in the care of children and youth with emotional disturbances.
  • Both issue briefs include action checklists, lists of resources, and profiles of best-practice applications.