A legislative-ordered report aimed at shining a light on Colorado’s payment system for mental health care has done little to calm the ongoing frustration of therapists and psychologists in private practice.
Medicaid reimbursement rates paid to mental health care workers who counsel low-income patients are “adequate,” concluded the report released by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which includes the Medicaid division. The finding did not go over well with mental health and substance abuse counselors, who in the past year have intensified their pitch for higher rates and fairer treatment during an ongoing mental health crisis.
The 64-page report produced by the state Medicaid department examined the payment system for Colorado’s 17…
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