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CMS Releases Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder Action Plan

Faridat Animashaun
August 1, 2023

On July 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an overview and guide for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Mental Health (MH) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Action Plan.

In the action plan, CMS outlines three overarching strategies to improve treatment and support for enrollees with MH and SUD conditions:

  • Increasing access to prevention and treatment.
  • Improving engagement in care.
  • Enhancing the quality of care.

In February 2022, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services released a request for information on increasing access in Medicaid and CHIP. Major themes included the need to improve network adequacy for MH and SUD providers in Medicaid and CHIP.

Contact Director of Policy Rob Nelb, MPH, at or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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