Virtual Meeting: Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems
On November 15th, 2023, the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) provided an overview of comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHSs). CSMHSs provide a full array of tiered supports and services that promote a positive school climate, social and emotional learning, and mental health and well-being, while reducing the prevalence and severity of mental illness and substance use. CSMHSs are built on a strong foundation of district and school professionals, including administrators and educators, specialized instructional support personnel, in strategic collaboration with students, families, and community health and mental health partners. Attendees learned about these systems, best practices, and key resources. The session also featured a panel of speakers from Massachusetts, who discussed their efforts to leverage Medicaid to support student mental health.
A recording of the meeting and presentation slides are available below. Please direct any questions related to the meeting or guidance to the SBS mailbox at SchoolBasedServices@cms.hhs.gov.
Webinar: Understanding Rate Setting and Cost-Based Interim Payment Methodologies for Direct School-Based Services (SBS)
This webinar, held on November 14th, 2023, provided an overview of payment methodologies for Medicaid School-Based-Services (SBS). The Technical Assistance Center (TAC) reviewed options for cost- and rate-based reimbursement and presented considerations in implementing payment methodology and rate setting. The webinar also included a panel discussion with speakers from Colorado’s State Medicaid agency. This presentation covered:
- General process for paying for SBS through Medicaid
- Key considerations and action steps for developing payment methodologies
- Specific considerations for states using rate- or cost-based methodologies
- Best practices and lessons learned from States that have embarked on offering expanded SBS in addition to IEP services
A recording of the webinar and presentation slides are available below. Please direct any questions related to the webinar or guidance to the SBS mailbox at SchoolBasedServices@cms.hhs.gov.