Key Reasons to Integrate Physical and Behavioral Health Services in Medicaid

April 2016

This resource describes the costs of Medicaid beneficiaries’ physical and behavioral health needs.

  • Medicaid pays for 26 percent of all behavioral health spending nationally.
  • About 20 percent of beneficiaries have a behavioral health diagnosis, such as a mental health or substance use disorder.
  • Beneficiaries with behavioral health diagnoses account for 48 percent of total Medicaid spending.
  • Spending can increase up to 75 percent when beneficiaries with a chronic physical condition also have a mental illness.
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Population Addressed
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
Key Questions Answered
  • Why is it important to integrate physical and behavioral health services in care for Medicaid beneficiaries?
Level of Evidence
Expert Opinion
What does this mean?