Brandon Stratford

Deputy Program Area Director, Education
Organization: Child Trends, Inc.
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.
  • Research suggests that one in seven children in the United States have a diagnosable mental health condition. But despite efforts to increase access to care through school-based mental health services, most youth with a mental health condition do not receive the treatment they need. Telehealth services, however, have the potential to increase access to school-based mental health treatment by reducing districts’ need for on-site personnel—of which there is a national shortage—without compromising the quality of care. Therefore, states should consider maintaining the telehealth flexibilities they enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to improve access to critical school-based mental health services for youth, even after the public health emergency ends.

    November 30, 2020
  • 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.