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  • In April, OSSE joins organizations within DC to celebrate the Month of the Young Child (MOYC). This is a time when we recognize young children, families and early learning educators who support and promote positive child outcomes. Please see a list of MOYC events.
  • New Fluoride Varnish Resource Guide. The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) released new fluoride varnish resources to help health professionals, program administrators, and educators to promote oral health and prevent oral disease in infants, children and adolescents.  The Fluoride Varnish: A Resource Guide describes materials, such as brochures, factsheets, and guidelines, that have been published from 2011-2016 as well as federal agencies and other national agencies that may serve as resources. OHRC also updated its Fluoride Varnish resource webpage.
  • The DC-MD-VA (DMV) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Resource Guide. The DMV PMH Resource Guide is a result of an ongoing collaboration between the DMV PMH Resource Guide Team and the community-based network of Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Professionals and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) Survivors throughout DC, MD, and VA. The goal of the guide is to develop, disseminate, and maintain a comprehensive, up-to-date, regional directory of specialized mental health providers, support groups, advocacy organizations, and other relevant clinical resources pertaining to perinatal mental health. This directory will assist healthcare providers, patients, and their families with obtaining specialized mental health evaluation and treatment during pregnancy and postpartum. 
  • Extended Provider Summer Hours: No Shots/No School. See No Shots/No Schoolresources from DHCF for information on the No Shots/No School program.
  • National Council for Behavioral Health: Upcoming Webinars:
    #1 I’m a parent of a young child with behavior problems, including ADHD: why do I need training in behavior therapy? 06/17/16 1PM ET Register
    #2 Get the 4-1-1: Everything Primary Care Providers know about parent training in behavior therapy while working with families with young children with ADHD. 06/23/16 1:00-2:30 PM ET Register
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016: In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month and National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, the purpose of this transmittal is to inform EPSDT providers about the importance of mental health screening in the primary care setting, and other resources available in the District.
  • This transmittal provides new policy and procedural guidance to DC Medicaid hospital providers on the submission and enrollment process for newborn babies born to Medicaid fee-for-service mothers.
  • NEW!: The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care has developed the Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit and Primer for Pediatric Primary Care Providers. Users will also want to download Using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) Translated into Languages Other than English.

    mental health resource guideThe Collaborative has also created the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide for use by pediatric primary care providers in the Washington, DC area. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive listing of community behavioral health resources for children and adolescents in the District of Columbia.

  • The DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition has developed an Oral Health Literacy Training Program for professionals (health educators, community health workers, day care providers) to inform families about the importance of preventive oral care which will improve positive health outcomes. Read more
  • Read a letter from DCPS to all families concerning the testing of water in all public schools in the District.   The letter informs families about the latest testing results and advises families to contact their pediatrician if they are concerned about their child’s health. DCPS has also set up an email for famiies who may have Also, read a list of Questions and Answers from DC Public Schools.
  • The Maternal Mental Health Program at Mary’s Center for Maternal & Child Care has received a grant to provide training and education in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders to professionals throughout DC. Read More: Program Introduction | Training Objectives and Sample Training Programs.
  • New Oral Health Toolkit available. Read the latest about fluoride varnish training, oral health practice tools, connecting families to a Medicaid dentist, and additional oral health resources.
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) releases Healthy Youth Resource Guide to all District schools and city-wide organizations that serve youth. Working in conjunction with DC Public Schools and the Public Charter School Board, OSSE created an adolescent health services and support directory for use as guidance for both school staff and organizations that serve youth. OSSE has also developed an online referral tracking system to assist school staff and District organizations in tracking and linking youth to adolescent health services and support.

  • DentaQuest Institute emphasizes a hands-on approach by working directly with oral health care professionals to support them in improving the care they provide to their patients. The website offers prevention and disease management resources, quality improvement initiatives, and safety net solutions.
  • DHCF Transmittal #16-07: National Children's Dental Health Month, Dental Procedures, and Billing Requirements. Current statistics and guidelines, the Children's Oral Health Initiative, the oral health assessment during well-child visits, reimbursable dental procedures in primary care settings and in dental offices, and provider resources.

  • Investing in High Quality Pre-K Programs. This issue brief by the DC Early Learning Collaborative explains the importance of pre-K programs and issues a call to action to invest further in these DC partnerships.

  • AAFP Supports Integration of Oral Health Into Primary Care Report Outlines Framework for Promoting Oral Health. The AAFP has thrown its support behind a new model for delivering preventive oral health care as a component of routine medical care and enhancing partnerships between primary care and dentistry.

  • DC HealthCheck Transmittal #15-39: EPSDT Well-Child Visits: Billing Requirements, CPT and ICD-10 Coding Updates.

  • Oral Health Literacy Focus Group Recruitment- DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition. The focus groups emphasize understanding the barriers of oral health literacy from professional and caregiver perspectives within Ward 7 and Ward 8. Please note there are TWO DIFFERENT focus group sessions:

  • Living Well logoOn the first Monday in October, celebrate National Child Health Day – which the President of the United States has proclaimed every year since 1928. See HRSA's webpage for resources on services provided by federal funding for children and families as provided through Title V of the Social Security Act.
  • Take a look at DC's "Progress Report" for 2015 on the Raise DC website. Raise DC is a cross-sector partnership focused on improving the lives of District youth through five high-level education and workforce goals. As the District of Columbia’s comprehensive cradle-to-career initiative, Raise DC joins public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders to promote collaboration through its Leadership Council and Change Networks to provide all youth with opportunities for success through education.

  • See the first edition of the DC Mental Health Access in Pediatrics (MAP) Newsletter! The primary audience for this newsletter is pediatric primary care providers, but it includes information suitable for families and healthcare partners. Also, check out their new website!

  • "Get a Jump on Good Health" postcard and bookmark to distribute to families letting them know about the importance of annual physical exams, dental visits, and updated vaccinations.

  • Important Notice to Providers: DHCF Wishes to Inform the Provider Community of the “No Shots, No School” Campaign: All students attending DC public, charter, private and parochial schools must have their immunizations updated before the next school year begins. All students attending school in the District of Columbia must present proof of appropriately spaced immunizations by the first day of school.

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a set of engaging materials for State Medicaid Agencies and other partners to help Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries understand and access preventive services available to them.

    Living Well is a set of outreach and education materials that connects preventive care in the clinical setting with everyday life. The Living Well toolkit features a number of customizable posters, fact sheets, social media posts, and strategies for getting the word out about Medicaid coverage of preventive services.

  • Enhancing Oral Health Access Through Safety Net Partnerships: A Primer and Resource Guide for Medicaid Agencies

  • An important message from the Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program, Jacob Mbafor, VFC Program Coordinator, District of Columbia Department of Health:
    The VFC strongly encourages VFC Providers to use the opportunity during this week’s Spring Break to recall/remind and immunize children who may not be up to date with all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Influenza (flu) vaccine and all ACIP-recommended vaccines are available for all VFC eligible children.  Please submit an order form, if more vaccines are needed in your practice.
    Please remember to increase the coverage rates for HPV, MCV4, Tdap, and other vaccines recommended for adolescents and pay attention to those who may need additional doses as well as those who may be aging out of the VFC Program.  VFC vaccines are available for all eligible children 0-18 years of age (1 day before the 19thbirthday). Thank you for your cooperation.

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin regarding the 2015 updates to the federal poverty guidelines. By law these updates are applied to eligibility criterion for programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The 2015 Dual Eligible standards have also been updated based on the percentage of Federal Poverty Level.

  • Quality Improvement MOC Learning Collaborative to Improve Mental Health Screening in Pediatric Practice.

  • Improve Mental Health Screening in Pediatric Practice: Quality Improvement MOC Learning Collaborative. You can now earn MOC and CME credit by improving how your practice screens for and addresses children’s mental health concerns. Read more about assistance in building mental health screening into your busy practice.

  • Medicaid Update: Transmittal 14-29 New Billing Requirements for Pediatric Primary Care Providers. This transmittal outlines the new billing requirements for pediatric primary care providers to bill for EPSDT well-child visits. The EPSDT Billing Manual and DC HealthCheck Periodicity Schedule have been updated to include these changes.

  • The DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition (DCPOHC) is pleased to announce that starting September 2014, technical assistance will be available for EPSDT primary care providers and their staffs to implement fluoride varnish application into their medical practices. Read More...

  • Update on CMS Oral Health Initiative and Other Oral Health Related Items. 07/10/14. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Informational Bulletin related to the CMS Oral Health Initiative and other oral health related items.

  • Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism. 07/07/14. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin with respect to services available under the Medicaid program to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

  • CYSHCN Forums for Providers and Parents. Focus groups for providers and services focused on CYSHCN will take place May 12-14 and a focus group for families of CYSHCN will take place May 15. Please lend your input!

  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. The website includes information for early care and education providers, early intervention service and early childhood special education providers, families, and primary care providers.

  • The long-awaited elease of National Standards for Improving Quality Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. These standards are designed to help communities, states, and the nation build and improve systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs.

  • District of Columbia’s Managed Care Quarterly Performance Report - February 2014: Read a message from the director and the first quarter report for FY 2014.

  • Improving Care Delivery for Children: Leveraging the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents: The presentation slides from this archived webinar draws together Medicaid officials from three states for a conversation about how they have worked to improve the Medicaid benefit for children in their states. Speakers from Iowa, the District of Columbia, and Minnesota discuss strategies for improving access and service delivery for Medicaid-enrolled children. The conversation will have a particular emphasis on efforts in these states to better coordinate care, use public health resources to deliver benefits, collect data on and improve quality, and enhance access and delivery of behavioral health services for children.

  • Facts About Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act in the District of Columbia

  • Training on Fluoride Varnish and Outreach Toolkit for Providers

  • New Report Describes How Health Information Laws can be Coordinated with Health System Delivery Improvements for Children and Adolescents under EPSDT.