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Antipsychotic Medication Use in Medicaid Children and Adolescents: Report and Resource Guide From a 16-State Study

Prepared by the Publication Committee

June 2010
State Medicaid Mary Ellen Foti, M.D.; Gordon Harper, M.D.; Robert Moon, M.D.; George Oestreich, Pharm.D., M.P.A.; Roger Snow, M.D., M.P.H., Jeffery Thompson, M.D., M.P.H.

State Mental Health Molly Finnerty, M.D.; Elsie Freeman, M.D.; Penny Knapp, M.D.; Nina Jo Muse, M.D.; Joseph Parks, M.D.

Rutgers CERTs Stephen Crystal, Ph.D.; Tobias Gerhard, Ph.D.

AHRQ Nancy Wilson, M.D., M.P.H.

Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network/Rutgers CERTs June 2010

The Resource Guide on improving quality in the management of antipsychotic use among Medicaid children, and its accompanying data dictionary and compendium of State practices, were motivated principally by the desire of the consortium to provide information that would be useful for State officials, across the nation, in their efforts to improve quality of mental health care for their Medicaid populations. We hope that they will also be useful to others who are concerned with these aims. Incorporating pooled results from States’ analyses of their antipsychotic and mental health drug use derived from claims data, this Resource Guide aims to provide information that can contribute to State efforts to assess the quality of care in their programs, across counties and prescribers, using quality improvement strategies best suited to State conditions. The States mentioned in this guide gave permission to use their data for illustrative and comparative purposes so that others could learn by their examples.

Additional information about the report and the resource guide can be found here.