A Hidden Gem: How HCBS Can Support the Behavioral Health Crisis Continuum

Compared to high-cost institutional care, home and community based services (HCBS) allow Medicaid beneficiaries to receive more accommodating services in their own homes and communities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted long-standing unmet needs in home and community-based services for substance use and mental health challenges. As evidenced by record-breaking drug overdose deaths and worsening trends in youth mental health, the federal government must take action to support behavioral healthcare. People with substance use and mental health challenges are more likely to have chronic health conditions, live in congregate settings, and face barriers to healthcare. 

Authors Miriam Pearsall, MPH, Roxana Rodriguez, and Laura Blanke from Well Being Trust explore how innovative support from HCBS can begin filling in gaps and allow states to develop and expand their behavioral health crisis systems. 

View full article published in the April 5 CrisisTalk newsletter.