CMS Releases Guidance for New CHIP Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

 Friday, March 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on a new behavioral health coverage benefit for separate Children Health Insurance Programs (CHIPs). For states with separate CHIPs, the guidance covers the actions necessary to implement the requirements of section 5022 of the SUPPORT Act (effective Oct. 24, 2019). States will now be required to provide coverage of all American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures recommended behavioral health screenings and all U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) behavioral health recommendations with a Grade of A or B, cover Medication Assistance Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs) and tobacco cessation, and identify a strategy to facilitate the use of validated age-appropriate screening tools, among others. For a complete list of new state requirements, click here.

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