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School-Based Behavioral Health Services: Findings from Stakeholder Interviews

Schools are an important setting for providing health services to children and adolescents covered by Medicaid, particularly as communities seek to address an increase in behavioral health challenges among young people. As part of the Commission’s efforts to understand how children and adolescents access behavioral health care, MACPAC conducted stakeholder interviews to examine how states and schools are providing behavioral health services to students with Medicaid and considerations for doing so.

This presentation described findings from the stakeholder interviews. While MACPAC set out to understand the experience of schools and states in providing school-based behavioral health services, many of the findings are relevant to school-based services generally. This session also highlighted select policy issues that the Commission may examine in future work.