Behavioral Health Benefits Book

What type of services are available through Medicaid-funded Behavioral Health Organizations?

On April 1, 2016 Medicaid-funded services for mental health and substance use disorders were combined as a behavioral health benefit.  These services are managed by Behavioral Health Organizations.  The Behavioral Health Benefits Book explains the changes, the types of services BHOs provide, and how to get services.  

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In the Medicaid Behavioral Health Benefits Book, you will also find information about:

  • Contacting the Behavioral Health Organization in your area
  • How to get help in an emergency
  • Who is eligible for publicly-funded behavioral health services (mental health and substance use)
  • How to get substance use treatment services if you are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • What happens at an intake evaluation
  • What to do if you need to be in a hospital for mental health care
  • Your rights as a person receiving behavioral health care services
  • How to choose a behavioral health provider
  • How to access medical care that is covered by Medicaid
  • Other mental health services
  • When you may need to pay for services
  • What to do if you get a bill 
  • What to do if you need transportation
  • Mental Health Advanced Directives
  • Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) for Children
  • What to do if you are not happy with your services
  • What a mental health Ombuds is and how to contact them

Other Medicaid Benefits