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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Bazelon Center Alert on Medicaid

Professor Douglas Mossman sends this message from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.  He says that if the Bazelon Center's depiction of the proposed legislation is accurate, passage of the bill would be a huge blow to outpatient mental health treatment for persons whose care depends on public sector funding.


Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law - August 18, 2005 - The Bush Administration has just sent Congress proposed language to amend the definitions of Medicaid rehabilitation and targeted case management services, two core elements of public community mental health systems.

The changes, if enacted, could make it impossible for states and localities to bill Medicaid for intensive community-based services for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious mental or emotional disorders.

Congressional committees will consider these proposals from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in September. Members of Congress need to hear from constituents about the catastrophic impact their enactment would have on an already struggling public community mental health system.

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