State Strategies to Measure and Incentivize Adolescent Depression Screening and Treatment in Medicaid

In light of Mental Health Awareness month, it is important to highlight that a significant number of children and youth experience mental health issues. According to research, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and depression is the second most prevalent behavioral health disorder among Medicaid-enrolled children. State Medicaid programs are interested in strategies to increase rates of adolescents being screened for depression and better linking them to treatment. These strategies help to improve quality of care and control costs associated with undiagnosed and untreated depression. A new NASHP case study highlights how Minnesota and Oregon have implemented quality measures or incentives for adolescent depression screening and follow-up treatment to improve performance of Medicaid providers and health plans in this crucial service area. Read the full publication here.