Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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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  • Webinars

    Technical Assistance for States in Application of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Requirements to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs Overview CMS is offering one-on-one technical assistance (TA) and a series of peer learning sessions to assist states in implementation of the final parity rule. All states are encouraged to participate, regardless of […]

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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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”), signed into law on December 13, 2016, is being heralded as landmark legislation for biomedical innovation. Cures funds new research, streamlines the development of new drugs, and supports the interoperability of health information systems. State policymakers, however, may want to focus their attention on Cures’ myriad behavioral health provisions, […]

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