Washington receives $3.8 million grant to increase substance use disorder treatment capacity

Friday, September 20, 2019

Washington is one of 15 states that will receive a planning grant to map out how to increase treatment capacity of providers to deliver substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services for Apple Health (Medicaid) clients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the grants this week.

The Health Care Authority will use the $3.8 million planning grant to support Medicaid providers in delivering SUD treatment or recovery services through:

  • Conducting a comprehensive statewide assessment of SUD treatment capacity, needs, gaps and barriers.
  • Reviewing training and workforce development needs of SUD treatment providers.
  • Evaluating the current Medicaid regulatory and billing landscape for SUD treatment and recovery services.
  • Assessing the feasibility of developing an alternative payment model for SUD treatment and recovery services that incentivize quality of care and long-term recovery.
  • Submitting an application to CMS for a demonstration project designed to increase treatment capacity and improve outcomes.

The planning grants awards are the next step in CMS’s implementation of Section 1003 of the Substance-Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act.