Key Reasons to Integrate Physical and Behavioral Health Services in Medicaid

Key Questions Answered
  • Why is it important to integrate physical and behavioral health services in care for Medicaid beneficiaries?
Key Themes and Takeaways

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.
Population Addressed
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
Level of Evidence
Expert Opinion
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