The new national crisis line for behavioral health – 988 – will go online this summer, and state crisis systems will need to be ready. Current crisis call centers will need to handle an increase in the volume of calls, and the mobile crisis systems to which they refer will need to provide remote and in-person crisis services to people with a range of behavioral health needs across the state.  To help build this capacity, the American Rescue Plan Act, among other resources to states, authorized a new Medicaid payment mechanism for Medicaid mobile crisis services, and awarded planning grants to twenty states to prepare for implementation. Through a state plan or within waiver authorities, states can draw down an enhanced 85% federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for mobile crisis services for 12 quarters, making this an attractive option for many states already facing overwhelmed mental health crisis systems. Read more

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