Children and Families Having a Choice and a Voice

This documentary, produced by JBS and the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development's National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, provides viewers with a clear picture of the impact home and community-based services are having on families and children.  In 2005, Congress authorized a 5-year demonstration grant program to test whether children with serious emotional disturbances who meet the requirements to receive services from a psychiatric residential treatment facility could be successfully served in a cost-effective manner with their families in the community.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services selected nine states to participate in this demonstration.  They ultimately provided community alternatives to residential treatment services to more than four thousand children.  The demonstration successfully enabled most of the children to maintain or improve their functional status while in the program at less than a third of the cost of serving them in an institution.

The video includes basic trauma information and lessons learned.  JBS is working with Georgetown University on the 5-year program, which is formally titled the Community Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities Demonstration Grant Program.  Section 6063 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 authorized up to $218 million for the demonstration, from fiscal years 2007 through 2011.  A second video is planned to address trauma-informed practices.

To view the video, please visit the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development's National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at: http://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu/resources/PRTF_Storytelling.html.