Forum Session

"Medicaidization" of Mental Health
April 9, 2003

Manager

Ginger P. Parra

Summary

This Forum session focused on the evolution of Medicaid into one of the core funding sources for the mental health safety net and explored the implications of this trend. The session highlighted the January/February Health Affairs article “Medicaid and Mental Health: Be Careful What You Ask For,” by Richard G. Frank, Howard H. Goldman, and Michael Hogan. Michael Deily, Director, Division of Health Financing, State of Utah, joined the authors and described the creative programming designed by his state in response to growing demands for mental health services under Medicaid and rising program costs. A panel of experts added perspectives from state mental health agencies, responsible federal agencies, and patient advocacy groups.

Speakers

Richard Frank, Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Howard Goldman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Mental Health Policy Studies, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Michael Deily, Director, Division of Health Financing, Utah Department of Health; Gerald Radke, Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; Chris Koyanagi, Policy Director, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; Glenn Stanton, Deputy Director, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Related Materials

Richard G. Frank, Howard H. Goldman, and Michael Hogan, “Medicaid and Mental Health: Be Careful What You Ask For,” Health Affairs, 22, no. 1 (January/February 2003): pp. 101-113.

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