Capitol Correspondence - 09.21.21

CMS Awards $15 Million to States for Mobile Crisis Intervention

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Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was awarding $15 million in planning grants to 20 states to support expanding community-based mobile crisis intervention services for Medicaid beneficiaries. The grants are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and will provide financial resources for state Medicaid agencies in order to bring crisis intervention services directly to individuals who are experiencing substance use-related or mental health crises outside a hospital or facility setting.

The grants have been awarded to the following state Medicaid agencies: Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The period of performance for the grants runs from September 30, 2021 through September 29, 2022.