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Blues Program

Blueprints Program Rating: Model

A six-week group intervention focused on reducing negative cognitions and increasing engagement in pleasant activities in an effort to prevent the onset and persistence of depression in at-risk high school youth with depressive symptoms.

The Blues Program is a mental health intervention targeted to youth with elevated depressive symptoms, and can potentially be billed to Medicaid for Medicaid-eligible participants or other private insurance or private pay for those not Medicaid-eligible. In addition, core mental health funding streams may be options for supporting costs that are not Medicaid billable or populations not eligible for Medicaid.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

If therapists and school counselors who are already providing group therapy to adolescents adopt the Blues Program as an intervention, they will likely use the mix of existing funding streams supporting their work to support this intervention.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

If a state opts to cover the Blues Program through Medicaid funds, state funds are needed to provide the required Medicaid state match.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Entitlements: Since the Blues Program is a targeted intervention aimed at adolescents with depressive symptoms, Medicaid is an important source of funding. When the Blues Program group leader is a Medicaid qualified mental health professional, Medicaid can be billed for eligible participants. Billing would be for group therapy unless the Medicaid agency elected to make the Blues Program a Medicaid service.

Formula Grants: The core child welfare and behavioral health formula funds are potentially options for needed start-up funding, or to cover ongoing staffing, technical assistance and fidelity monitoring costs that are not billable under Medicaid. They can also be used to pay for children not eligible for Medicaid.

  • The Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHSBG) can fund a variety of mental health promotion and intervention activities and is a potential source of support for the Blues Program.
  • The Child and Maternal Health Services Block Grant (Title V) is a block grant focused on improving access to health care, including mental health services with children and youth with special needs.
  • Title IV-B, Parts 1 & 2 provides fairly flexible funding to state child welfare agencies for child welfare services including prevention and family preservation activities.

Discretionary Grants: Grants that could potentially support the Blues Program can be found in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Department of Education.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants can be considered for the cost of initial training of group leaders.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developers of The Blues Program to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.