Children’s services models

Magellan Healthcare sets the benchmark for new advancements in behavioral health and child care models. Our thought leadership is nationally recognized and we share it with you through the resources on this page.

Discover our evidence-based model for serving children, youth and their families that is comprehensive and adaptable to complex circumstances, along with information we have published on the appropriate use of psychotropic drugs in children and adolescents.

Our model for serving children and youth

Our comprehensive approach is youth-guided and family-driven to achieve the best outcomes and high member satisfaction. Within complex care delivery systems, we effectively integrate and coordinate care, focusing on the individual needs, strengths, preferences and culture of each child and youth.

Additional features include:

  • Evidence-based best practices that are developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed
  • Special focus on children younger than five and youth transitioning to adulthood
  • Plan and provider programming that ensures choice and participation for youth and family
  • Cross-system collaboration between child welfare, juvenile justice and education
  • Additional support and coordination for youth involved with multiple systems

Learn more about our model in the following full clinical monograph and summary document:

Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Children and Adolescents at High Risk
  • Full clinical monograph on the prevention and treatment of problematic behaviors and various types of behavioral health challenges in children and adolescents
Addressing the Needs of High-Risk Children and Adolescents
  • Brief summary document highlighting our full clinical monograph

Appropriate use of psychotropic drugs in children and adolescents

Today, children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges are generally prescribed an alarming number of medications. This high prescription rate, paired with questions about the appropriateness of the diagnoses used to justify the drugs’ use, has raised many concerns among families, practitioners and youth advocates alike.

Magellan Health has had its eye on this issue for years, publishing a popular monograph, “Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Children and Adolescents,” on the topic in 2013, which addressed the anxiety and confusion around the issue. Leveraging new data and research, we released an update. Prescribing psychotropic medications to children and adolescents can be appropriate, but parents, caregivers and practitioners need to fully understand the risks and monitor their use.

Our updated monograph includes:

  • New indications since 2013
  • Listing of psychotropic drugs commonly prescribed for children, including brand-name medications. This first-in-the-industry summary of medications has been widely used by primary care physicians, pediatricians and behavioral health providers who treat children and teens.
  • A section outlining states’ approaches to children’s drug monitoring programs

Find more on this topic in our publications below:

Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Children and Adolescents: A Clinical Monograph
  • Full clinical monograph on important issues surrounding the the appropriate use of psychopharmacological treatments in children and adolescents, as well as evidence-based treatments
Award-winning infographic for caregivers and practitioners (both English and Spanish)
  • Brief summary document highlighting our full clinical monograph
Fact sheet for practitioners
  • One-page introduction to our full clinical monograph on the subject matter, for practitioners
At-A-Glance: Psychotropic Drug Information for Children and Adolescents
  • Listing of psychotropic drugs for children and adolescents, including pediatric dosage and warnings, and drug class side effects/teratogenic risks
Magellan/OPEN MINDS webinar recording: Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Children & Adolescents
  • Webinar presentation and PowerPoint presentation slides
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