Her agency also has established a replacement system for a Medicaid contract that previously provided prior authorization for those needing behavioral health treatment services. This is saving the state another $4 million annually. Over the past 10 years, Medicaid’s behavioral health costs have increased 14 percent per year. This year, White said, the growth rate has been cut in half “and we’re not denying people services.”
White and other ODMHSAS officials deserve praise for making government more efficient. Given that every penny spent by government comes from taxpayers, it’s crucial those funds be spent as wisely as possible.