SAMHSA’s Efforts to Support Health Care Providers

SAMHSA provides training, resources, and technical assistance to support health care professionals in their efforts to enroll the uninsured.

SAMHSA provides training, resources, and technical assistance to help behavioral health care providers implement necessary business changes to survive and thrive in the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Medicaid Handbook: Interface with Behavioral Health Services – 2013 reviews Medicaid and its role in financing various services for mental and/or substance use disorders. It discusses services included in state Medicaid plans, the role of the provider, reimbursement, and other factors related to Medicaid.

SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Needs Assessment Toolkit – 2013 provides guidance for states and other payers on how to develop a plan for enrolling people with behavioral health conditions. SAMHSA also has published estimates to help states anticipate how many people will need mental and/or substance use services as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

Current information about the number of people enrolled is available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Affordable Care Act and Health Systems Integration Webinars

SAMHSA also has sponsored webinars on eligibility and enrollment, behavioral health services for diverse populations, and how to provide behavioral health services in the new health care environment.

SAMHSA provides resources for providers to help enroll people for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The following eligibility, enrollment, and outreach training webinars require registration before viewing:

  1. Requirements and State Choices Within Medicaid and Affordable Care Act Insurance Exchange Outreach and Enrollment Assistance Regulations
  2. Eligibility, Enrollment, and Outreach Best Practices for State Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership
  3. Network Development, Provider Network Enrollment, and Newly Eligible Needs Assessments

SAMHSA also has developed a series of webinars for providers and practitioners that serve different population groups:

These SAMHSA webinars help providers adapt to the new health care environment:

Other SAMHSA webinars on the Affordable Care Act can be viewed on the SAMHSA YouTube Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Webinars Playlist.

In addition to the webinars, SAMHSA is working closely with its federal partners to ensure that behavioral health is consistently viewed and incorporated within the context of health promotion and health care delivery and financing. SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Integration document – 2014 (PDF | 321 KB) provides a description of work being done by the agency to ensure behavioral health integration is consistently viewed and incorporated within the context of health promotion and health care delivery and financing.

Last Updated: 01/09/2015