Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Ten State Medicaid Programs

  • Jeffrey A. Buck
  • Judith L. Teich
  • Jay Bae
  • Joan Dilonardo


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.

Medicaid mental health services substance abuse 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey A. Buck
    • 1
  • Judith L. Teich
    • 2
  • Jay Bae
    • 3
  • Joan Dilonardo
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Mental Health ServicesSAMHSARockville
  2. 2.Center for Mental Health ServicesSAMHSAUSA
  3. 3.Office of Strategic PlanningHealth Care Financing AdministrationUSA
  4. 4.Center for Substance Abuse TreatmentSAMHSAUSA

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