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CMS Awards Planning Grants for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded planning grants to 15 state Medicaid agencies to support a demonstration project to increase the treatment capacity of Medicaid providers to deliver substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services.

The 18-month grants seek to increase the ability of Medicaid providers to deliver SUD treatment and recovery services by:

  • assessing the state’s SUD treatment needs;
  • providing recruitment, training, and technical assistance for Medicaid providers; and
  • improving reimbursement for an increased number or capacity of Medicaid providers.

State Medicaid agencies that received grants included:

  • Alabama;
  • Connecticut;
  • Delaware;
  • District of Columbia;
  • Illinois;
  • Indiana;
  • Kentucky;
  • Maine;
  • Michigan;
  • Nevada;
  • New Mexico;
  • Rhode Island;
  • Washington;
  • Virginia; and
  • West Virginia.

The funding was authorized by the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act and supports the CMS Roadmap Fighting the Opioid Epidemic and other efforts to address the opioid crisis.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page for the opioid epidemic and a tracker highlighting funding opportunities available to essential hospitals under the SUPPORT Act. Members also can find more information about state-level developments on our State Action opioid resource page.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a senior communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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