In April 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the state’s Behavioral Health Transformation Section 1115 demonstration waiver.
This demonstration will run for five years and provide the state with authority to provide high-quality, clinically appropriate treatment to participants with Mental Health and Substance use disorders. The waiver will also support state efforts to implement models of care focused on increasing support for individuals in the community and home, outside of institutions, and improve access to care and expand services to cover a continuum of behavioral health evidence-based practices. Goals of this waiver include Increased access to and availability of care, expanded coverage of Medicaid services, and improved care coordination and transitions between levels of care. Achievement of these goals will reduce Emergency Department visits and inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations by increasing community supports and improving transitions of care.