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Rowan County working with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare on new foster child program

WBTV — March 25, 2021
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and Rowan County are working together to improve child welfare through a new program aimed at supporting children in custody of social services departments in all 20 counties the organization serves. The plan includes a $30 million investment to fund a monthly payment, referred to as sub-capitation, for every Medicaid-eligible foster child in foster care. Counties, like Rowan, may use these Medicaid funds as they see fit for costs such as emergency placements, preliminary or transitional behavioral healthcare or social determinants of health such as housing, transportation or food insecurity.

In WBTV's coverage, Cardinal Innovations' Karen Bentley and Rowan County Commissioner Judy Klusman both express excitement about how the funds will be used in Rowan.

This funding agreement is part of a larger child welfare reform effort by Cardinal Innovations. Additional components include immediate access to a care coordinator, shorter authorization times and an expanded network of providers. The plan also has taken steps to improve overall service delivery, such as reduced emergency department utilization and increased access to services and providers in the communities it serves.

Both the Child Program and the funding agreement have helped combat some of the inherent challenges of foster care. Bentley shared that despite the systematic difficulties seen throughout the state and country, Rowan County and Cardinal Innovations are ready to "to roll up our sleeves and see what we can do together."

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