Virginia launches new behavioral health services for Medicaid members | MCUTimes

Virginia launches new behavioral health services for Medicaid members

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – New state-funded behavioral health services give Virginia Medicaid members greater access to community-based care.

The new services, which began on July 1, will provide Medicaid members with alternatives to hospitalizations and offer support to those discharged from an inpatient facility to reduce readmissions.

The services were developed through a collaboration between the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) with the support of hundreds of stakeholders.

The services covered by Medicaid will include:

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT): Adults with severe mental illness receive care through a single team that works closely together to support the individual and is available 24/7.
  • Mental health program for hospitalization: Adults and adolescents receive intensive daytime services for five or six days a week while continuing to live in their homes.
  • Mental health intensive outpatient program: Adults and adolescents receive short-term, focused therapy and counseling both individually and with members of their support system two to three times a week.

Virginia Medicaid members interested in the new services should contact their managed care organization or their behavioral health care provider for more information.

An additional set of six new services will be launched in December 2021.

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