On April 27, 2021, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new practice guidelines for providers to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). These guidelines create an exemption from longstanding federal training requirements for providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse […]
By leveraging federal Medicaid funding and state investment while simultaneously clarifying complex billing procedures and enhancing engagement with providers, Arizona has made remarkable progress in increasing student access to critical school-based behavioral health services. Arizona’s efforts to improve school behavioral health services began in 2018 when its state legislature allocated $3 million from the state’s […]
A new National Poll on Healthy Aging published by the University of Michigan this month found that 59 percent of older adults have discussed advance care planning with family members and/or friends, and nearly one-third of them did so during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across the nation, COVID-19 has exacerbated the dual challenges of housing affordability and homelessness. As states address these issues, there are new federal resources available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and proposed American Jobs Plan that states can deploy efficiently and equitably.
Drug overdose deaths nationwide have continued to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, exceeding 88,000 between August 2019 and August 2020, signaling a critical need for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services and the workforce to provide them. Non-fatal overdoses, which are a predictor of future fatal overdoses, also rose, leading to an increase in opioid-related […]
Family members provide significant amounts of care to relatives with complex needs, including those who are Medicaid enrollees.
Older adults, people with disabilities, and their family caregivers have been hard hit by COVID 19. As states reel from the pandemic’s human and fiscal toll, policymakers are increasingly looking to home- and community-based services (HCBS) to address the pressing need for alternatives to nursing home care and supporting family caregivers who can help loved […]
Despite a federal rule change that allows states to bill Medicaid for school-based physical and behavioral health services provided to all Medicaid-enrolled students, many states struggle to overcome the persistent and complex billing challenges associated with receiving Medicaid reimbursement for delivery of these critical services. To access additional Medicaid funds to expand school-based behavioral health […]