Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services


The Medicaid Institute

Funding Area

Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services


February 1, 2011

This Medicaid Institute report examines policy considerations faced by New York on how to care for Medicaid beneficiaries with mental health and substance abuse conditions.

These considerations include service delivery challenges resulting from the lack of coordination between physical and behavioral health services, especially for patients with the most complex behavioral health problems.

The report explores three critical questions as New York seeks to improve the care for this vulnerable population: how to integrate physical and behavioral health care delivery; how to manage and pay for Medicaid beneficiaries’ behavioral health services; and how to better coordinate Medicaid’s administrative responsibilities related to serving these beneficiaries.

Read the report.