Child Advocates Begins New Program to Serve Children With Mental Health Challenges Statewide

Child Advocates is honored to announce that we launched a new program, in May of 2022, as the single point of entry for youth and families who wish to explore eligibility for certain state-funded home and community-based mental health services.

Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) chose Child Advocates at the beginning of 2022, as its first, single statewide access site for DMHA’s High Fidelity Wraparound program, called Child Mental Health Wraparound (CMHW). The program offers support and services to Hoosier children and youth who face serious mental health or behavioral challenges.

For the first time, families can call just one phone number—211—and ask to be connected to the state’s wraparound program for children. This streamlines and starts the process of determining whether their child is eligible for the Child Mental Health Wraparound program. If they are eligible and interested, Child Advocates’ family liaisons will help them apply for CMHW.

If they are not eligible, our family liaisons will share other resources or information where families, who are interested, may find help.

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Child Mental Health Wraparound Services

**Content and information are provided directly by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Children’s Mental Health Wraparound is an Indiana Medicaid Program. 

The CMHW program is currently targeted to address the needs of youth with complex needs and/or in danger of out-of-home placement. The program utilizes a wraparound approach designed to keep children in their communities, producing better outcomes at a lower cost.

What is High Fidelity Wraparound?

High Fidelity Wraparound is an evidence based process that provides a comprehensive, holistic, youth and family driven way of responding when children or youth experience serious mental health or behavioral challenges.

It involves a committed team comprised of family, friends, community and professional supports to collaboratively develop an individualized plan of care. The team creates a plan of care that includes resources, talents and strengths to address the underlying needs of youth.

Is my child eligible for the Child Mental Health Program?

The eligibility requirements to receive CMHW services are:

  • Child must be 6-17 years of age
  • Child must live in the community
  • Child must be eligible for Indiana Medicaid
  • Child must have two qualifying mental health diagnoses
    • An assessment is required to determine eligibility by our knowledgeable family liaisons

How do I register for CMHW services?

To find out more information about applying for the CMHW services, contact 211.

To gather more information about the CMHP program at Child Advocates, email Program Director Sophie Foster  at sophie@childadvocates.net.

To visit Indiana’s Child Mental Health Wraparound Portal, click the link below

Indiana's Child Mental Health Wraparound Portal