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Title: Medicaid Financing for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Children and Adolescents
Author(s): H B Fox; L N Wicks; M A McManus; R W Kelly
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Admin
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Publication Number: (ADM) 91-1743
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Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides State alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health program administrators with an explanation of the basic structure of the Federal Medicaid program and current information on the availability of Medicaid coverage for mental health and drug abuse prevention and treatment services across States.
Abstract: The report places special emphasis on innovative approaches that either have been or could be used by States to improve Medicaid coverage of needed services. It notes that nearly 11 million youths under age 21 were enrolled in Medicaid in 1988. Children with drug abuse or mental health problems or at risk for these problems need a range of parallel services, from assessment and short-term counseling to residential treatment. Overall, States have not made optimal use of Medicaid as a funding source for mental health services and drug treatment for children. Many States still emphasize traditional inpatient and clinic-based services in their coverage policies. Therefore, State program administrators should examine policies regarding mandatory and optional benefits carefully to understand how they can be used in combination to provide coverage for a full continuum of services in a variety of settings. Collaboration among providers and government officials is needed to accomplish this task. Tables, notes, and appended glossaries and State-by-State charts
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Federal programs; Indigents; Medicaid/Medicare fraud; State aid
Note: Technical Assistance Publication Series Number 2, Financing Subseries, Volume 1
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