ND Medicaid Amends State Plan to Increase Access to Addiction Treatment Services and Other Behavioral Health Services


The North Dakota Department of Human Services has proposed several amendments to its Medicaid State Plan in an effort to help increase access to addiction treatment services and other behavioral health services for Medicaid-eligible individuals. The proposed changes were effective Nov. 1.

Changes to the Medicaid State Plan include adding a new section for licensed practitioners making it easier for licensed addiction counselors and licensed addiction programs to enroll as Medicaid providers and aligning addiction treatment services to American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) licensing requirements used by the department’s Behavioral Health Division. Another notable change is that licensed treatment programs will no longer need to be under the direction of a physician. Instead they are required to operate under the comprehensive guidelines of their license.

Licensed addiction treatment providers will be able to receive reimbursement for providing services to Medicaid clients in residential programs, excluding room and board costs. The state’s Substance Use Disorder Voucher can help qualifying individuals pay room and board expenses while receiving treatment in a residential program. This change does not impact hospitals or other institutions of more than 16 beds that are primarily engaged in providing diagnosis and inpatient treatment or residential care of individuals with mental diseases.