Providing Care to Medicaid Beneficiaries with Behavioral Health Conditions: Challenges for New York

Author/Editor: Elizabeth M. Patchias and Michael Birnbaum


This 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. It 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.

The authors draw heavily from a supporting data report that paints a detailed picture of New York Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions.

Read the related press release.

Copyright: 2011
Published: 02.15.2011




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