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The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services are collaborating on a framework to improve the physical and mental well-being of Kentucky’s youth, called Kentucky CARES.
Electronic cigarettes, originally designed as an alternative for adult smokers, have become popular with teens and are raising many health concerns.
Gov. Matt Bevin announced June 3 that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services.
The Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, announced May 9 the award of a $9 million federal grant to increase awareness of mental health issues among Kentucky students across the state and in three pilot school districts.
The Kentucky Department of Education is part of a statewide task force that is raising awareness of human trafficking and providing training to educators and others on how to spot and report it.
The relationship between school districts and local health departments will not change if the state switches to a managed-care system to administer Medicaid services, based on terms outlined in a request for proposals for managed-care organizations.