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Teaching Kids to Cope

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A 10-session group intervention designed to reduce depression and stress by enhancing the coping skills among high school adolescents.

Teaching Kids to Cope (TKC) is a school-based mental health intervention targeted to youth with depression symptoms, and can potentially be billed to Medicaid for Medicaid-eligible participants or other private insurance for those not Medicaid eligible. In addition, school district professional development and health funds as well as core mental health funding streams may be options for supporting costs not Medicaid billable or populations not eligible for Medicaid.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

Many school systems train school social workers, counselors or nursing staff to deliver TKC alongside a psychiatric nurse. In this way, existing staff resources can be redirected toward the program and then Medicaid can potentially support some of the costs associated with the psychiatric nurses.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

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

Maximizing Federal Funds

Entitlements: Since TKC is a targeted intervention aimed at adolescents and young adults with symptoms of depression, Medicaid is a potentially important source of funding. When the TKC 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 TKC a Medicaid service.

Formula Grants: The core education 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 TKC.
  • 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 I can potentially support curricula purchase, training, and teacher salaries in schools that are operating schoolwide Title I programs (at least 40% of the student population is eligible for free and reduced lunch).

Discretionary Grants: Grants that could potentially support TKC 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.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants can be considered for the cost of initial training of group leaders or ongoing curricula purchases and to fill gaps in funding from public sources.