Background Paper

No. 66

Medicaid and Mental Health Services
October 23, 2008

Author

Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

Summary

Medicaid is the largest payer of mental health services in the United States, contributing more than any other private or public source of funding. This background paper highlights the variety of services and supports needed by individuals with mental illness and Medicaid’s increasing role in mental health coverage. It provides an overview of Medicaid coverage of mental health services and identifies some of the key challenges in providing that coverage.

Related Materials

See also "Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits" (The Basics, January 5, 2016), "Children's Behavioral Health Services in Baltimore: Walking the Continuum" (Site Visit, September/October 2007), and "'Medicaidization' of Mental Health" (Forum Session, April 9, 2003).

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