Behavioral Health

In light of Mental Health Awareness month, it is important to highlight that a significant number of children and youth experience mental health issues. According to research, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and depression is the second most prevalent behavioral health disorder among Medicaid-enrolled children. State Medicaid programs […]

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  • Publications

    Through the State Innovation Model initiative, health home state plan option, and other Medicaid authorities, states have made significant investments to develop and implement payment and delivery system reforms that better integrate the physical and behavioral health systems. Rather than adopting specific integrated care models, states may benefit from taking a broader approach that builds […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a highly anticipated update to 42 CFR Part 2, the regulation that governs sharing patient information by federally-designated substance use disorder (SUD) providers. The rule is timely: SUD has become a major cost driver, and many state policymakers are focused on the integration of […]

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  • Publications

    Despite evidence that maternal depression is quite common and can negatively impact young children’s development, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Since the rate of maternal depression is disproportionately higher in low-income women, Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. With support from the David and Lucile […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Substance use disorder affects an estimated 20.8 million people in the United States,[i] however, national survey data show that fewer than 10 percent of individuals with an alcohol use disorder and 20 percent of individuals with an opioid use disorder receive treatment for the condition.[ii],[iii] Individuals battling substance use disorder may not perceive a need […]

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  • State of the State speeches provide governors with an opportunity to highlight recent policy successes as well as outline key plans and issue areas of focus for the coming year. These speeches are generally strong indicators of governors’ main priorities and sometimes also include specific proposal suggestions and funding recommendations for deliberation by legislatures. Currently, […]

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  • Publications

    As the largest payers of substance use disorder treatment services, states have a significant incentive to ensure that their residents have access to a health care system that efficiently and effectively identifies and addresses substance use treatment needs. However, national survey data shows that most individuals with an alcohol or opioid use disorder do not […]

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  • Briefing Report following conference that highlighted states such as California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York that are leading the charge to implement and enforce federal mental health parity requirements

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    February 13, 2017 | Filed under: Behavioral Health
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Individuals involved in the criminal justice system often have complex health needs—rates of mental illness, substance abuse, and other health conditions are as much as seven times higher for justice-involved individuals than the general population.[1] Behavioral health issues in particular are prevalent among the justice-involved population. Estimates are that approximately 56 percent of individuals in […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an eye-opening study this past week, indicating that utilization of emergency department (ED) services due to behavioral health conditions increased sharply from 2006 to 2013. The brief “Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders,” highlights a 52 percent increase in ED utilization […]

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