Behavioral Health

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation’s (IMI) work in behavioral health is informed, guided, and supported by an exceptional group of national experts representing academic and non-academic research institutions, advocacy and community organizations, clinician groups, Medicaid managed care organizations, state and federal policymakers, and, most importantly, Medicaid enrollees and their families. These collaborative relationships support our mission to improve the lives of Medicaid enrollees through the development, implementation, and diffusion of innovative and evidence-based models of care that promote quality, value, equity and the engagement of patients, families, and communities.

To date, IMI has conducted research and led initiatives on a number of critical behavioral health topics in Medicaid managed care, including opioid use and maternal depression and anxiety.  Publications and resources from the projects and initiatives are listed below.  

Behavioral and Physical Health Integration

Report:  Behavioral Health Coverage in Medicaid Managed Care Report

Fact Sheet:  Behavioral Health Coverage in Medicaid Managed Care Summary

Maternal Depression & Anxiety

Report:  Innovation in Maternal Depression and Anxiety: Medicaid Initiatives in California and Nationwide Report

Fact Sheet:  Innovation in Maternal Depression and Anxiety:  Medicaid Initiatives in California and Nationwide Summary

Opioid Use

Article:  Opioid Crisis in Medicaid:  Saving Mothers & Babies

Report:  The U.S. Opioid Epidemic:  An Overview of Clinical and Policy Responses to Address Opioid Misuse in the Medicaid Program

Report:  Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Medicaid Managed Care for Women & Newborns

Fact Sheet:  Opioid Summit Report Infographic


Here's a look at IMI's 2017 event, Opioid Epidemic: Crisis to Care in Medicaid, held in Washington, D.C. The event  featured national clinical, research, and policy experts on opioid use during pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome.