Walker announces new foster care project

Published On: Jul 30 2012 03:22:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2012 06:21:07 AM CDT
Gov. Scott Walker
MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker has announced the federal government approved creating a new coordinated foster care initiative for six southeastern Wisconsin counties designed to improve their medical care.

The initiative will begin in the fall for 2,500 children in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties.

The program creates a virtual "medical home" for children in foster care and out-of-home care where a child will receive an individualized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs.

Walker's office said Monday that the goal is to improve the children's physical and mental health and save the state money in Medicaid costs.

The program is a joint initiative of the state's departments of Health Services and Children and Families.