CHA News Article

CMCS Issues Guidance on Behavioral Health Coverage for Youth With SUDs

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) has released an informational bulletin to help states design benefits that will meet the needs of youth with substance use disorders. Based on research and a technical expert panel consensus – supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – the guidance also seeks to help states comply with Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment requirements. The bulletin describes services that will enable youth to address their substance use disorders, receive treatment and continuing care, and participate in recovery services and supports. It also identifies available resources that may help states develop and implement a benefit package for youth and their families.