Systems and Standards Journal Articles
August 24, 2022

Lagging Coverage for Mental Health Services Among Children and Adolescents through Home and Community-based Medicaid Waivers

By: Jessica Keim-Malpass, Leeza Constantoulakis, Emily K. Shaw, Lisa C. Letzkus

Many states cover mental health home and community‐based services (HCBS) for youth through Medicaid waivers. Authors of the article evaluated how states are covering mental health services using Medicaid waivers and compared this to waivers being used to cover services for other pediatric conditions. The findings indicate broad variability in waiver eligibility, transition plans, services covered, and waitlists across populations of youth covered by waivers.