Brandon Stratford, Ph.D., is a Deputy Program Area Director in the Education research area at Child Trends. Dr. Stratford brings a strong background in youth mental health, as well as experience with evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth. He has worked as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in community and school settings in the District of Columbia since 2005. As a clinician, he has provided therapy and case management services to English- and Spanish-speaking adolescents and their families in urban areas. Since joining Child Trends, Dr. Stratford has worked on several youth development projects, including comprehensive literature reviews related to children’s mental health, youth violence prevention, and family-based interventions for homeless youth. He has been involved in a number of implementation evaluations, where he has developed protocols and collected and analyzed qualitative data gathered through focus groups and key informant interviews.
In 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance to allow providers in educational settings to seek Medicaid reimbursement for free preventive services covered by the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit provided to Medicaid-enrolled children. However, following CMS’ announcement, states retained policies restricting reimbursement for these services.