Medicaid Forward: Behavioral Health

Source: National Association of Medicaid Directors

This resource captures the work of an executive working group of Medicaid leaders and national behavioral health experts convened by the National Association of Medicaid Directors to develop strategies to expand access to behavioral health services in Medicaid and CHIP. Prompted in part by the COVID-19 public health emergency and evidence of its affect upon individuals mental health and well-being, this report provides options for Medicaid agencies to consider: advancing prevention, streamlining eligibility for services, promoting integration of physical and behavioral health, building a comprehensive addiction treatment system, and strengthening and broadening crisis response systems. The report also provide options to meet the needs of special populations including individuals involved in the criminal justice system, children, older adults, individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The report also provides state examples of program innovations and links to further resources.

Funding Source: Well Being Trust & National Association of Medicaid Directors

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Medicaid Forward: Behavioral Health

A report providing strategic options for Medicaid agencies to improve behavioral health services