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How Superior's STAR Health Program is Changing Foster Care

In 2008, Superior HealthPlan partnered with Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to become the first managed care organization in the country to provide statewide health care for children and youth in foster care.

Watch this video to explore the positive impact that Superior’s STAR Health program has had on children and youth in foster care.

Ever since, the STAR Health program has provided quality health care to those who need it most, and ensures physical and mental health needs are being met for more than 32,000 children and youth in foster care in Texas. Some of these milestones include:

Launching Health Passport, the first-of-its-kind, patient-centered health record that allows caregivers, caseworkers and providers to access member health information in real time. 

Exceeding the 90th national percentile for follow-up care within 30 days after hospitalization for mental illness.

Partnering with DFPS to implement the 3 in 30 Program, which helps children have access to three important checkups within the first 30 days of entering the foster care system. 

Reducing psychotropic medication use by 30% since 2008

Establishing Foster Care Centers of Excellence, which offer integrated care and are staffed by providers with specialized training.

Supporting the Turning Point program, a psychiatric hospital diversion program for children in STAR Health.

Reducing the readmission rate of psychiatric hospitalizations by 66% for members who have accessed the Turning Point program.

Superior continues to set the standard for removing barriers and providing quality health care for both mental and physical health needs through the STAR Health program. For questions on the STAR Health program, please Contact Your Local Account Manager.