Using Medicaid to Support Working Age Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses in the Community: A Handbook. Conclusion


The Medicaid program provides states with a means to obtain federal financial participation in the costs of supporting working-age adults with serious mental illnesses in the community. The principal option available to states for mental health services is the rehabilitative services option. This option is flexible and can span a wide range of services in the community, at a state’s discretion. It is the option that aligns best with recovery as the central philosophy in supporting individuals with mental illnesses. Targeted case management can be an important adjunct to rehabilitative services. While the personal assistance coverage also might make important contributions in supporting individuals in the community, employing such services hinges on whether a state has included personal assistance in its state plan and the parameters of its coverage.

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