Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 181–192

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Ten State Medicaid Programs


  • Jeffrey A. Buck
    • Center for Mental Health ServicesSAMHSA
  • Judith L. Teich
    • Center for Mental Health ServicesSAMHSA
  • Jay Bae
    • Office of Strategic PlanningHealth Care Financing Administration
  • Joan Dilonardo
    • Center for Substance Abuse TreatmentSAMHSA

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007855901228

Cite this article as:
Buck, J.A., Teich, J.L., Bae, J. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2001) 28: 181. doi:10.1023/A:1007855901228


Program data for 1993 on Medicaid mental health and substance abuse (MH/SA) services and expenditures were developed from Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) research files for 10 states. These data show that MH/SA service users are 7 to 13% of Medicaid enrollees. The percentage of Medicaid enrollees accounted for by MH/SA users increases with age, reaching a fifth of the 45–64 age group. Across the 10 states, MH/SA spending represents 11% of total Medicaid expenditures. When their expenditures for non-MH/SA services are also considered, MH/SA users account for 28% of total Medicaid expenditures.

Medicaidmental health servicessubstance abuse

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