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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2010, Volume 18, Number 4 

Mental Illness & Medicaid Eligibility: Model Program Helps Increase Enrollment

A recent study released by SAMHSA describes the results of a model program that helped to increase Medicaid enrollment by 17 percent among individuals with serious mental illness who were discharged from institutions in Oklahoma.

The study report, Establishing and Maintaining Medicaid Eligibility upon Release from Public Institutions, presents data on a program intended to ensure that eligible individuals with serious mental illness were enrolled in Medicaid upon discharge from state correctional facilities.

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The effort significantly improved access to mental health treatment and services by reducing barriers to health insurance for eligible individuals.

The Model

As described in the report, SAMHSA commissioned a project, which brought together a broad coalition of state agencies in Oklahoma. The goal of the project was to design, implement, and evaluate the results of a model program to ensure that eligible individuals were enrolled in Medicaid by the time they were released from public institutions.

The project helped to leverage funds from the state mental health agency in order to hire three discharge managers who were stationed in three specific correctional facilities. The discharge managers were responsible for identifying inmates with serious mental illness within 6 to 9 months in advance of their release.

The discharge managers then helped these individuals apply for Federal disability benefits, a common pre-requisite for Medicaid eligibility. Once disability was established, the inmates received help in applying for Medicaid. The results of the evaluation showed that this model program increased the number of eligible people enrolled in Medicaid on the day of their release by 17 percent.

To order a hard copy of the complete report, call SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727). Request publication number SMA10-4545. For a PDF version, visit SAMHSA’s Web site.


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SAMHSA efforts make behavioral health a top priority.



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Coping with the Oil Spill

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What’s in a Term:  Latest Responses

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SAMHSA has received more than 250 emails in response to the Administrator’s call for comments. Read selected responses.


  Recovery Month  
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Ready for Recovery Month?

September is here! Visit RecoveryMonth.gov for details on the biggest celebration yet!



  Multicultural Outreach & Data  
Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

For Chinese, Hispanic, and Native young adults, new public service campaigns focus on mental health.


  Trauma  
Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

When children lose loved ones, what happens then? Also read about creating a trauma narrative.

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health for Service Members

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health

SAMHSA recently convened a Policy Academy to help soldiers as they return from the battlefield.


  Trends  
Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

More treatment admissions report abuse of pain relievers.

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Admission Patterns over a Decade

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  Statistics  
In the ER:  Reports on Suicide Attempts

In the ER: Reports on Suicide Attempts

What substances showed up in emergency rooms related to suicide attempts by adolescents and young adults?

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

State-level analyses update data on alcohol abuse, cocaine, pain relievers, and more.


  Women & Substance Abuse  
New Data on  Women Who Work Full Time

New Data on Women Who Work Full Time

How does employment affect women’s substance abuse and treatment?


  Suicide Prevention  
Remember the Lifeline!

Remember the Lifeline!

Feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless? Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


  Medicaid  
Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Read about a program that helped increase Medicaid enrollment by 17 percent.


  Other News  
Treatment Directory Available

Treatment Directory Available

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2010 is now available.

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SAMHSA’s Dr. H. Westley Clark participated in an expert panel to discuss accurate depictions of substance abuse in entertainment.



  


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