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Medicaid Coverage of Services Expansion for Behavioral Health Graduates

Healthcare Industry

State Department and Agencies

Organizations Involved

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

Occupations Involved

Occupations Requiring an MSW; Psychologists; Counselors

Workforce Development Focus

Healthcare workforce retention

Workforce Issues Addressed

Increasing work and/or workplace flexibility for current healthcare professionals


Medicaid is now covering and reimbursing outpatient behavioral health services provided by graduates of master's and doctoral-level psychology, social work, counseling, or marriage and family therapy programs who have completed all requirements for a limited or temporary license but have not yet received their license. Medicaid covers and reimburses services for one year from the date that they completed their program. This expansion allows behavioral health program graduates to start providing services for Medicaid patients right away.

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