State Behavioral Health Group Bets on Development Center to Help Labor Shortage

From coast to coast, the workforce shortage is hurting behavioral health providers, leaving many stumped as to how to fix the problem, which has been affecting access to care and providers’ business operations for years. But industry leaders and advocates in Illinois have a plan: They’re hoping for the development of a unique state-wide workforce […]

Another State Removes Prior Authorization For Medication-Assisted Treatment

Behavioral health providers in one state have come out on top in a battle to remove prior authorization requirements for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced this week it would do away with prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drugs in Medicaid plans, effective immediately.  […]

Funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Extended

Certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs) will continue to receive funding through at least Dec. 20, thanks to a temporary government spending bill President Donald Trump signed Thursday. National Council for Behavioral Health president and CEO Chuck Ingoglia lauded the move as life-saving for the thousands of people who rely on CCBHCs for care.  “CCBHCs […]

New Medicaid Rule Could Indirectly Impact Behavioral Health Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule Tuesday designed to increase oversight of Medicaid supplemental payments by creating new reporting requirements. While it’s not yet clear what the changes would mean for the behavioral health care industry, Medicaid is one of the largest financing sources in the space. It accounted […]

D.C. Medicaid Program Granted First IMD Waiver Specifically for Mental Health

A first-of-its-kind Medicaid demonstration project aimed to improve care for beneficiaries with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED) has been approved in Washington, D.C. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of D.C.’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver Wednesday. It quite literally waives federal rules that typically prevent Medicaid […]