Baltimore, (June 20, 2012) -- The O'Malley-Brown Administration announced today that the number of individuals receiving substance abuse treatment has dramatically increased during the past two years as reflected in the most recent Joint Chairmen's Report (JCR) submitted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).
"It is critical that we provide the recourses necessary to end the destructive cycle of substance abuse," said Governor O'Malley. "With this announcement today, we are moving closer to meeting our goal in Maryland to expand access to substance abuse services by 25 percent by the end of 2012. Together, we can create a safer, healthier state for our children."
The Administration made access to substance abuse treatment one of their top priorities. In January 2010, DHMH expanded access to substance abuse treatment services through three initiatives: (1) increasing service reimbursement rates to Medicaid providers; (2) expanding the benefit package of the Primary Adult Care (PAC) program to include outpatient substance abuse treatment; and (3) improving the ability of enrollees to self-refer for services.
"Marylanders are healthier and our communities are safer because of these strategic expansions of substance abuse treatment," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, DHMH Secretary.
The report reflects that the number of Maryland residents receiving outpatient substance abuse treatment services through DHMH's funded programs under Medicaid and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (ADAA) has increased steadily from 63,834 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 to a projected 84,429 in FY 2012.
The expansion of Medicaid's Primary Adult Care (PAC) program to include community-based substance abuse services resulted in more enrollees receiving needed treatment services. The number of PAC enrollees accessing substance abuse services grew from 1,946 in FY 2009 to 7,883 FY 2010 to 13,630 FY 2011, and are projected to grow to 16,351 in FY 2012.
Financing these expanded services was due in part to repurposing state-only dollars and receiving federal matching funds for the services. In 2009, legislation passed by the General Assembly authorized an annual transfer of state funds from the ADAA grant program to the Medicaid program to expand the benefit package of the Primary Adult Care program to include outpatient substance abuse treatment. This transfer enabled Medicaid to draw-down federal matching funds and thereby expand the total funding in the system.
To read the the Updated Executive Summary and the JCR Report, please see the attached document.
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