Mental Health

HHS Selects 10 States to Participate in Medicaid Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced 10 new states have been selected to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Medicaid Demonstration – Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid Demonstration was created in […]

New Brief Unpacks Medicaid and CHIP Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Provisions in 2024 Government Funding Package

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And with Medicaid (alongside the Children’s Health Insurance Program) serving as the largest payer of behavioral health services and covering more than half of all children in the US, you can’t talk about mental health without also talking about Medicaid and CHIP. In March 2024, President Biden signed into […]

New Research Links Postpartum Medicaid Coverage to Increased Mental Health Care

A new study in this month’s issue of Health Affairs offers additional insights into the impact of postpartum Medicaid coverage on access to care. In short: continuous postpartum Medicaid coverage increased stability, access, and affordability to outpatient mental health and prescription medication treatments for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders compared with those who transitioned to […]

CMS Releases Updated Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit, Includes State Best Practices and Behavioral Health Strategies

This month, CMS released an updated State Medicaid and CHIP Telehealth Toolkit consolidating information from previous toolkits and providing additional guidance – as required by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act – on issues from billing best practices to strategies for using telehealth in schools. In addition to FAQs on issues such as benefit flexibility, financing, […]