Washington State Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery Support Services Utilization

Aug 2020 |
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Roadmap to Recovery Planning Grant Current State Assessment

In September 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Washington state $3.8 million under the §1003 SUPPORT ACT to develop a policy framework. This framework will guide future activities to advance statewide whole-person, integrated substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery service improvements. An understanding of the current utilization of behavioral health treatment and recovery support services is crucial to identifying both strengths and gaps in the existing behavioral health system in Washington. The SUPPORT ACT is primarily focused on the experience of all Medicaid beneficiaries with SUDs and opioid use disorders (OUDs). However, it also identifies target populations, such as pregnant and postpartum women, adolescents, transition age young adults, and persons experiencing homelessness, which are discussed in this report. The Current State Assessment report includes: prevalence rates of SUD and OUD diagnoses across demographics, Integrated Managed Care regions, and target populations; trends in mental health (MH), SUD, and OUD treatment penetration rates and SUD treatment modalities (including outpatient, inpatient/residential, and medication for opioid use disorder); and a comparison of physical/social outcomes among Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health diagnoses. Overall, this descriptive analysis highlights the current variability in prevalence, treatment, and outcomes.


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