The Medicaid Programs Division works closely and in collaboration with federal and state agencies regarding Medicaid eligibility for juvenile justice youth. The Division provides technical assistance and training on our program initiatives as well as resource information on Medicaid eligibility for TJJD, juvenile probation departments, placement facilities, and other stakeholders.
The Division oversees the Juvenile Medicaid Tracker and Suspension and Reinstatement of Medicaid processes, as well as TJJD Community Partner sites.
Overview of Medicaid Eligibility for Youth in Our Care
Most youth placed in a facility are no longer eligible to remain on their family’s case. Many youth are eligible for Medicaid while residing in a non-secure facility by meeting the criteria as an Independent Child. Youth residing in secure facilities are considered inmates by federal standards and therefore not eligible for Medicaid benefits, with the exception of when an individual becomes an inpatient of a hospital or juvenile psychiatric facility.