Resources for Foster/Kinship/Adoptive Families AHCCCS Foster Information Updates Feed

AHCCCS is committed to providing comprehensive, quality health care for children in foster/kinship/adoptive care. Foster children are eligible for medical and dental care, inpatient, outpatient, behavioral health, and other services through the Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP) and the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs) or through Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS). Adoptive children are typically AHCCCS eligible and enroll in a health plan/RBHA or CRS similar to any Medicaid eligible child.

CMPD providers and families, we want to hear from you!

AHCCCS is hosting stakeholder sessions in Mesa (Oct. 24) and Tucson (Oct. 25) for providers, families, and youth/young adults in CMDP. Please plan to attend!

Integrated Health Plan for CMPD Stakeholder Sessions

How to Access Services

Foster/kinship children are eligible for Medical and Dental services through the CMDP program. When the Department of Child Safety places a child into a foster care placement, the caregiver should receive the Notice to Provider form (FC-069) in the placement packet. This form can be used as a temporary ID card until a permanent card is provided. Use the member’s CMDP ID card or provide the member ID number to the provider to access medical and dental services.

Find a Doctor/Dentist/Urgent Care/Therapist, etc.

Find a Pharmacy

CMDP Provider Website

Foster/kinship/adoptive children are eligible to receive behavioral health services through a RBHA. For children in foster/kinship care, the CMDP ID card has the phone number of the RBHA which will provide behavioral health services to each member. For adoptive children, the AHCCCS health plan ID card has the RBHA’s phone number. You can also use the map below to find your RBHA and its contact information.

Behavioral Health Services for Children in Foster Care Flyer

Crisis Services for Children in Foster Care Flyer

Find Your Behavioral Health Contractor (also referred to as a RBHA, pronounced “REE-bah”)

Below is a map of the service areas for each RBHA and T/RBHA.

Find Your RBHA

Click a link below to visit the website of the Behavioral Health Contractor/RBHA nearest you

Find A Provider

The below links can help you find a provider or pharmacy in your area and within your RBHAs network

Foster children with Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS) qualifying conditions are provided health services through one CRS Contractor, United Healthcare Community Plan. Some of the kinds of conditions that qualify a child for CRS include cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, cleft palate and others. For a complete list, see:
https://www.azahcccs.gov/Members/Downloads/CRS/QualifyingMedicalConditions.pdf.

To access these services call your point of contact below.

Find a CRS Provider or Download/Print Provider Directory and Pharmacy Directory

Adoptive children follow the same enrollment process as other Medicaid eligible children. For physical health, adoptive parents choose from a range of health plans that cover all medical and dental services.

For more information about what benefits AHCCCS offers, see:
AHCCCS Programs and Covered Services

For a list of available health plans, see:
Available Health Plans

For behavioral health, children are assigned to a RBHA based on where they live; the RBHA manages the behavioral health benefits. (Go to the Behavioral Health Services section above for more information on how to access your behavioral health benefits.)

Adoptive children with special health care needs may be enrolled in Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS). (See Children’s Rehabilitative Services section above for more information.)

Foster/Kinship/Adoptive Family Rights and Information

Behavioral health services are provided through three contracted RBHAs around the state and CRS. If you experience difficulty accessing timely behavioral health services or have quality concerns regarding those services, you are encouraged to contact the RBHA/CRS in your area using the contact information below.

Behavioral Health Services for Children in Foster/Kinship/Adoptive Care

Children and youth who enter the child welfare system bring with them a unique set of behaviors, problems and issues that can arise from abuse, neglect and/or removal from their home. According to a national study by the Urban Institute, foster children had higher levels of emotional and behavior problems, more often had physical, learning, or mental health conditions that limited their psychosocial functioning, and were less engaged in school and more likely to have been expelled than children living with in parent care. This guide is intended for use by Arizona Department of Child Safety Specialists, licensed resource parents and The Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth and Families (DES/DCYF) group home staff to provide information and tools to help improve their awareness of the use of psychotropic medication.

Psychotropic Medication: A Guide for CPS Specialists and Licensed Caregivers

When children in foster/kinship/adoptive care are enrolled in Arizona’s behavioral health system, a Child and Family Team is developed. Each child is unique and has different needs. However, an overwhelming amount of information is discussed at the evaluation and medication monitoring appointments. It is important to be prepared and remember to ask questions during your appointment. Below is more information for caregivers and providers about preparing for a CFT appointment.

CFT Parent/Caregiver Preparation Guide

Caregiver Preparation Guide for Child’s Psychiatric Evaluation

Policy Updates

The Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) and AHCCCS have been partners in an effort to improve care for Arizona’s foster/kinship/adoptive families receiving behavioral health services. Governor Ducey recommended formalizing the partnership by bringing DBHS and AHCCCS together. This administrative simplification does not change services foster children can receive, nor does it change how foster children receive services. It also will not disrupt the important services DBHS provides to foster/kinship/adoptive families. Instead, the merger is an opportunity to increase focus on whole-person health, reduce stigma, and enhance service delivery for all members. The merger will become effective July 1, 2016.

For more information, please see the presentation below regarding Governor Ducey’s administrative simplification initiative as presented in the Joint Health and Human Services Committee:

Administrative Simplification Presentation

On March 24th, 2016 Governor Ducey signed Jacob’s Law, a crucial step forward in addressing the needs of foster/kinship/adoptive families in our system. AHCCCS is committed to simplify accessing needed behavioral health care services for children in foster care. Below are the first of many steps we are taking to help in this effort.

  • Requiring all of the RBHAs and CRS to have a designated point of contact for all families involved in the DCS system
  • Clarifying families can contact RBHAs, CRS or AHCCCS directly anytime for help scheduling an appointment or navigating the healthcare system
  • Issuing a statement signed by AHCCCS Director Betlach and DCS Director McKay to clarify that foster parents can consent to behavioral health services for foster children in their care
  • Requiring the RBHAs and CRS to form committees within their own organizations designed to create a pathway for regular communication and feedback from foster, adoptive and kinship families
  • Enforcing greater access to care and encouraging families to report providers who indicate they are unable to provide timely access to covered behavioral health services
  • Holding ongoing meetings to ensure we hear from stakeholders about how to improve the foster care system

Governor Ducey Signs Crucial Legislation for Arizona Foster Children

Statement from AHCCCS Director on Signing of Jacob’s Law

Letter from the Arizona Association of Health Plans

Foster Care Specific Reports & Data

Children involved with the foster care system have unique health care needs often characterized by significant risk of experiencing behavioral health conditions and concomitant chronic medical issues.

This report summarizes the recommendations of the state agency collaborative including data analyzed to arrive at these conclusions.

SB 1375 Report


This section offers historical data regarding behavioral health service delivery for individuals in Department of Child Safety (DCS) custody.

Reports for Individuals in Foster Care

Meetings

Contact Us

We at AHCCCS are committed to ensuring that foster/kinship/adoptive families have a voice in the process. Below are website links to each RBHA and CRS where you can access information on upcoming events and community forums for foster families to provide their ideas and input on improving the system. AHCCCS will post any upcoming AHCCCS sponsored community forums here as well.

Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care community events

Cenpatico Integrated Care community events

Health Choice Integrated Care community events

If you have any questions or comments regarding services for foster/kinship/adoptive families you can contact AHCCCS via email at DCS@azahcccs.gov or by phone at 602-364-4558.