Commonwealth Fund September 20, 2022
States can leverage Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment benefit to identify young people’s mental health problems and address symptoms before they worsen
Some states are allowing Medicaid-eligible youth access to preventive behavioral health services without a formal mental health diagnosis
Since well before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the number of young people diagnosed with a mental health need has been increasing, particularly among ethnic minorities, low-income households, and those involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In response, there has been an increased focus over the past year on strengthening behavioral health services for children and adolescents. A recent report from the Surgeon General describes “a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health”...