State at a Glance: Maryland

Learn more about the CHIPRA quality demonstration projects being implemented in Maryland.

Maryland is featured in the following reports from the National Evaluation:

Learn more about Maryland's CHIPRA quality demonstration projects on this page:



As one of the 10 grantees, Maryland is working with Georgia and Wyoming in an innovative multi-State learning collaborative, facilitated by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), to implement a comprehensive provider-based model of service delivery for youth with serious behavioral health challenges. The three States represent diverse geographic areas and Medicaid structures and a range of experience in using the model, known as a care management entity (CME).

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Maryland's Objectives

Maryland is working to expand its existing CME model to improve the quality and cost of care for youth with serious behavioral health challenges who are enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP and to support its partner States in their individual efforts. Specifically, Maryland aims to improve: 1) access to home- and community-based services; 2) clinical and functional outcomes; 3) cost outcomes; and 4) family and youth resiliency for children and youth with serious behavioral health needs.

CMEs utilize the wraparound practice approach to provide intensive care coordination through a family-driven and youth-guided, individualized, strengths-based, collaborative, team planning approach that is coordinated across agencies and providers. The CME supports youth to remain in their homes and communities, accessing natural supports and sustainable home- and community-based services as alternatives to costly residential and hospital care. In 2011, Maryland and its partner States implemented the project planning tool developed by CHCS as part of its Quality Learning Collaborative to quantifiably measure their collaborative-wide goals and determine which data are available to monitor progress.

Maryland is focusing on the following goals to guide the work of this grant:

  • Sustaining populations currently served by CMEs and exploring expansion to include new populations of children in Medicaid and CHIP programs who have been identified as high users of services, with public child- and family-serving system involvement.
  • Identifying specific and comprehensive financing approaches for identified populations served by the CMEs.
  • Implementing and ensuring standards of care for psychotropic medication prescribing practices for CME youth.
  • Improving overall health of CME participants by ensuring access to and coordination with comprehensive physical and oral health services consistent with wellness and Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) standards of care.
  • Reviewing and revising utilization management processes to be consistent with system of care values and based on functional criteria.
  • Identifying a crisis response model and financing structures to support CME youth.
  • Establishing a consistent model and a funding mechanism for peer support.

Maryland's activities continue to be integrated into the State's ongoing system of care transformation efforts and reforms designed to integrate behavioral health and health care services.

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Evaluation Questions

The national evaluation team will gather information from Maryland to address a wide range of questions about the implementation and outcomes of their efforts including:

  • How did the multi-State learning collaborative enhance Maryland's efforts to expand its CME model and achieve its other goals?
  • To what extent did Maryland's efforts to expand the CME model improve outcomes for youth with serious behavioral health challenges?
  • Did the CME model result in more efficient provision of support and treatment (for example, reduced duplication of effort and reduced costs)?
  • What are the key lessons from Maryland's experience that would be useful for other States?

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Learn More

This information is current as of February 2014, slightly more than 4 years after the grant award. To learn more about the projects that Maryland is implementing under the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, please contact:

Ari Blum, LCSW-C
CHIPRA Grant Project Director
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
University of Maryland School of Social Work
306 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

To learn more about the CHIPRA CME Quality Improvement Collaborative, visit or contact Dayana Simons at

To learn more about the national evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, send an email to

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Page last reviewed September 2014
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: State at a Glance: Maryland. Content last reviewed September 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.