Medicaid Policy and School Mental Health Funding

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Session Overview:

Medicaid is a leading source of financing for school mental health services and programs.  Looking forward, LEAs and mental health providers may be able to bill Medicaid for more services if there is better alignment between Medicaid policies and the services provided.  In this webinar event, Dr. Adam Wilk (SE MHTTC Policy Lead) will describe key processes through which Medicaid policies can be changed to increase Medicaid funding support for school mental health services.  He will provide examples of states that have pursued specific reforms, and he will also highlight important resources that can help school mental health leaders to identify what steps may be most appropriate to take in their home state.  This session is designed for those who are interested in learning more about options for changing Medicaid policy to better support school mental health systems and services.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Specify when Medicaid can be billed for school mental health services (including services that today are provided but not billed).
  2. Describe and distinguish the two main pathways for reforming state Medicaid programs in support of school mental health.
  3. Reference examples of other states that have pursued Medicaid reforms to advance school mental health systems.




Adam Wilk is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public health.  He is the Financial Policy Lead for the Southeast Region’s Mental Health Technology Transfer Center: Administrative Supplement on School-based Mental Health.  Dr. Wilk is a health economist and health services researcher, conducting research on Medicaid and underserved populations, physician decision-making, and the management of complex, chronically ill patients.  He received his doctorate at The University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2015.  Before his time in Michigan, Dr. Wilk worked at The Brookings Institution and as a consultant at The Lewin Group.

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