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CLASPP Applauds Louisiana House’s Investment in Behavioral Health

April 25, 2024 — Today, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 with language included designating $10 million to enhance Medicaid rates for specialized behavioral health services.


Operating a treatment program at current funding levels is simply unsustainable”, said CLASPP President Mike Martyn. “The time is now for Medicaid behavioral health rates to be addressed. We are grateful to the House for providing additional funding for services and for prioritizing wellbeing and recovery, and we call on the Senate to act in kind.


Most Medicaid rates for Specialized Behavioral Health Services (SBHS)—including Licensed Mental Health Professionals and Substance Use Disorder treatment—have not been adjusted since 2012.


The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has produced numerous rate review reports indicating Louisiana’s SBHS Medicaid rates are dramatically low compared to other states, and that additional State General Fund (SGF) dollars are needed to restore SBHS Medicaid rates to benchmark levels.


House Bill 1 will be debated by the Senate, and amendments attached in the Senate shall be conferred in by the House. The Regular Legislative Session shall adjourn no later than 6:00pm on Monday, June 3, 2024.


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