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Medicaid Can Help With Drug Treatment Services

If you or someone in your family has a drug or alcohol problem and needs to find a program which accepts Medicaid, a list of facilities is available at your local Medicaid office or you can also consult your primary care physician that you have established through the program and see which Medicaid substance abuse treatment provider is best for you or a loved one.

The newly introduced Affordable Care Act has changed the way Medicaid is used to cover substance abuse treatment. For example, prior to the ACA, most states did not cover childless adults through Medicaid and this has now changed in many states. Also due to the Affordable Care Act, treatment services covered through Medicaid have been expanded and will cover even more services than ever before including care tailored for individuals experiencing co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Also because of the Affordable Care Act, the extent to which Medicaid can be used to cover behavioral health services such as drug treatment is evolving and in fact still a work in progress. So each state will do this at their own pace and is very likely that you will find some of these changes and improvements already in place. What you can expect immediately in most states who cover treatment services through Medicaid at participating providers is various forms of outpatient treatment and in many cases inpatient treatment when medically necessary.

An assessment will very likely need to be done by your primary care physician to determine the extent of treatment you or a Medicaid covered loved one will require, based on their drug history and current physical and mental state. Individuals who need extensive detoxification services will be admitted to a detox facility or clinic who accepts Medicaid as a first step. Outpatient treatment is usually the next step for Medicaid clients although inpatient treatment is preferred for individuals struggling with chronic long-term drug or alcohol problems, and you can work with your PCP to see if this option is available and necessary. Medicaid may also provide aftercare services in your state, which may include continued counseling, educational and mental health services at the necessary participating facilities and programs.

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