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MHA Applauds Efforts to Bring Screening to Schools

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) removed a substantial barrier to mental health screening in schools by changing the “free care” policy.

In response to CMS and the Obama Administration’s December 2014 guidance on the Medicaid “free care” policy, Mental Health America (MHA) sent a letter today to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner applauding this, acknowledging that CMS’ action represents a significant advance in identifying and supporting children with mental health needs before crises occur.  MHA appreciates the many ways this change is aligned with and advances MHA’s priorities: prevention for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated health and behavioral health (and other) services for those who need them; and recovery as a goal.

You can see the letter in its entirety here and the CMS rule here.

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