Maine DHHS unveils payment reform for behavioral health

By Christina P. O'Neill
April 5th, 2023

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has instituted a $237 million increase in behavioral health investments of federal and state funds to continue MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, and related payment improvements, effective January 1, 2023.

In a January 11 blog post, DHHS outlined the proposed impact of its rate reform package, which will support Maine residents’ access to and coordination of community-based mental health, medical, and social services. Rate increases will support mental health and substance use disorder services and ‘targeted case management.’.

The DHHS post cites investment in children’s behavioral health system ($17 million) to support a new system and staff to connect children with need...

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