CMS Announces State Opportunity for Planning Grant Addressing Substance Use

On June 25, CMS released a planning grant open to all states to address treatment access and capacity building for Medicaid providers to deliver SUD recovery services. It leans on states to implement ongoing assessment of SUD treatment needs with a focus on recruitment, training, and technical assistance for direct Medicaid providers. It also encourages improved reimbursement for and expansion of the number of treatment capacity of Medicaid providers.

A non-binding letter of intent to apply must be submitted by the State Medicaid Agency by July 18. State agencies must submit an 18-month proposal by August 9 and at least 10 awards are expected. It is recommended for states to review the CMS Roadmap: Fighting the Opioid Crisis, which delineates a three-pronged approach for prevention, treatment, and data. Knowledge of local needs, continuum of care for screening, access and referral, and innovative models that address vulnerable populations with upticks in use, overdose and increased morbidity should all be incorporated into the planning grants. Reimbursement considerations should address parity in care as set forth in MHPAEA across categories of care for SUD. They should also recognize value-based payment measures as performance-based activities, as demonstrated by lower access and risk for acute care and relapse prevention.
SAE can assist states in being competitively responsive to the three-pronged approach for their narrative submission. With a comprehensive background in the continuum of care for SU treatment access and evaluation management to utilize data for learned approaches to build learning communities, SAE is equipped to weave clinical practice management with health policy changes and evaluation outcomes for varying approaches to address care access and capacity building. SAE Behavioral Health Evaluation Services has served as evaluators for SAMSHA grants and is comprised of doctoral level research and clinical experts with knowledge of special populations and innovative models of care.
Feel free to contact SAE for a feasibility discussion on how to approach this planning grant. You can email or call (212) 684-4480 to connect with our team.