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Leveraging Medicaid to Support Early Childhood and Parental Mental Health Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

This commentary draws from examples of states participating in the Aligning Early Childhood and Medicaid initiative to explore strategies for leveraging cross-agency collaborations and strengthening Medicaid to support early childhood and parental mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and beyond.

Medicaid, which is often the first social sector to connect with at-risk infants and young children in low-income families, can play a significant role in addressing the mental health of parents, caregivers, children, and infants who are experiencing stressful situations, including the prolonged pandemic environment.