Evidence-Based Practices for Medicaid Beneficiaries with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. C. Variation in Receipt of Psychosocial Services by Beneficiary Characteristics


Given the low number of specific psychosocial EBPs in claims, the findings reported here indicate whether the receipt of psychotherapy or any psychosocial services differed by beneficiary characteristics.

Across states, younger beneficiaries were slightly more likely to receive any psychosocial service. For example, 78 percent of beneficiaries ages 18-24 received some type of psychosocial service, compared with 66 percent of beneficiaries ages 60-64. Likewise, a higher proportion of younger beneficiaries received psychotherapy.

African Americans were only slightly less likely than Caucasians to receive psychotherapy (53 percent versus 57 percent) but they were not less likely to receive any psychosocial services.

Receipt of psychotherapy or any psychosocial services was unrelated to gender, the presence of comorbid conditions, or living in a rural area or an area with a physician or mental health provider shortage.

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