Behavioral Health

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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  • Webinars

    Date and Time: December 7th, 2016 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET View the webinar here Download the webinar slides: Purington Slides Pincus Slides Allen Slides Research shows that integrating physical and behavioral healthcare can yield better outcomes and reduce costs, and state policymakers across the country are working to incentivize integration as part of larger value-based health […]

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    December 9, 2016 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Webinars, Webinars
  • State Health Policy Blog

    To help better prevent and control costly conditions such as chronic diseases, and to break the cycle of poor health, states are experimenting with mechanisms to incentivize healthy behaviors and personal responsibility for wellness. This past October, as part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, leaders from Connecticut, Idaho, and […]

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  • Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the EPSDT Benefit
    Publications

    State Medicaid agencies are working to provide comprehensive health care services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), currently the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States for individuals under age 21. This brief highlights information from the 2014 CMS Informational Bulletin providing clarification on services to be provided to Medicaid-eligible children with ASD […]

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  • Publications

    A Primer on Opportunities for Medicaid-Safety Net Collaboration The prevalence of substance abuse disorders in the United States has increased dramatically in the past 15 years with catastrophic consequences, especially in rural regions of the United States. Deaths and injuries from illegal opioid and heroin use are more prevalent in rural states, and death from […]

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    September 12, 2016 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Front Page, Medicaid, National, North Carolina, Publications
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Nearly one in five Americans has some type of diagnosable mental health disorder. With these disorders costing $201 billion in 2013, behavioral health is a critical issue for state health policymakers. Children, including very young children, can experience mental health problems, and addressing these issues early can improve outcomes and lessen costs. Approximately 15 percent […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker discussed his state’s opioid epidemic during his State of the Commonwealth Address. Less than two months later, on March 14, he signed omnibus legislation designed to tackle the epidemic head-on. Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016 contains a wide range of provisions, however one specific provision is […]

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