The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently released a policy brief on how Medicaid can be used as a tool to enhance patients’ access to critical treatment and mental health services. During a drug epidemic, these services are especially critical in treating substance use disorders (SUD). Medicaid is the nation’s largest payer for behavioral health services. The program provides a broad range of services to meet the needs of people with SUD, including detox, recovery supports, medically assisted treatment (MAT) prescriptions and other evidence-based strategies. Medicaid also covers mental health services, which can be critical for people with SUD who also have co-occurring health issues. Click here to view the full brief.