Understanding Medicaid: Treating Mental Illness

The Medicaid Expansion offered through the Affordable Care Act, if implemented by Missouri, would allow mental health services to be provided to more individuals who badly need treatment. The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) estimates that nearly 50,000 of the 300,000 who would be newly insured by the ACA Medicaid expansion would seek mental health services.

DMH Director Keith Schafer indicates the Medicaid expansion would allow his department to move from simply crisis management services to providing more early intervention that can lead a person back to health and a productive life.

 

Posted: August 9, 2013

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