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New CMS Guidance on Community-Based Mobile Crisis Services

This blog examines the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) newly released State Health Official letter providing guidance on the scope of enhanced payments for qualifying community-based mobile crisis intervention services for Medicaid enrollees experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) crisis. The CMS guidance comes as the United States is grappling with the staggering need for mental health and SUD services that has grown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.