Behavioral Health in the Medicaid Program
The Maryland Medicaid program funds mental health and substance use disorder services across Maryland. It is the largest source of funding for Maryland’s fee-for-service, public behavioral health system. Baltimore City represents almost 40 percent of the public behavioral health system in Maryland, serving over 65,000 people with mental illness and substance use disorders annually. The medicaid expansion provided under the Affordable Care Act significantly improved access to mental health and substance use disorder services in Maryland.
The proposed American Health Care Act would have been devastating for behavioral health care across the nation. The bill has been pulled and the Affordable Care Act will stay in place for now. This is a huge victory for the providers, policymakers and consumers who were committed to protecting the Affordable Care Act. Thank you for your advocacy and commitment to behavioral health!