August 29, 2014
Nevada lawmakers have been told that federal Medicaid administrators agreed verbally to give the state six more months to work out differences over a long-delayed plan for services to foster children with severe emotional problems.
But while the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services says there's a verbal agreement, other officials say the extension is on shaky ground and federal officials could reconsider.
The state plan was submitted to the federal government two years ago.
Approval was held up pending changes at the federal level that would discontinue payment for services related to child welfare.
Half of Nevada's $16 million expenditure for therapeutic foster care comes from Medicaid.
Therapeutic foster care enables children to get mental health services while living in a family-like setting.
Providers of such care are concerned about uncertainty over the Medicaid funding, and Clark County Family Services Director Tom Morton says that uncertainty will continue until a state plan is in place.